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Re: “This Morning's Jesussean: The 'Trojan Horse' of Intelligent Design Gets Inside 1100 Broadway

Henry, I wonder if you are actually familiar with Smietana's "background and experience," as you put it. Something tells me that you may have assumed that he is a trained reporter -- that is, someone who covers an assignment with an open and inquiring mind and objectively reports the news. Au contraire! When the Tennessean hired their "religion guy," they got a real pro. Smietana is a recruit from Christianity Today and a former (and possibly current) blogger on something called He is also a member of a sect called the Evangelical Covenant Church, which on its web site describes its central tenets as follows:

"When new members join a Covenant church, they are asked two questions about belief: 'Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior and promise to follow him as Lord?' and 'Do you accept the Holy Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, as the word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct?'"

Here's my point. In spite of the incredible amount of front page space Smietana is given, this is not your usual newspaper reporter, who cuts his teeth as a cub on the police beat, moves up to city hall and, if good at what he does, eventually finds himself in the capital press room. In fact, this isn't a news reporter at all, in the sense that you and I think of it. This is instead a propagandist, a journalistic wolf-in-sheep's-clothing plain and simple, who files stories about God like God was an actual entity who makes periodic stump speeches and could be subjected to an interview.

I'd be willing to bet that Bob Smietana's byline appears on more front-page and second-front stories than any other writer currently at the Tennessean. And if you inquire about it, you will be favored with a screed explaining that the great majority of the Tennessean's readers are regular church-goers, etc., etc., etc. It's the newspaper's journalism-by-focus-group principle at its most blatant.

Posted by carrot top on 07/23/2010 at 11:32 PM

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