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Media Need Tea Too
perspective: pro-family
from the 'Media and Culture' topic
20-Sep-2010

Source: In House
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Media Need Tea Too

By Dr. Scott Lively

I’m a Tea Partier from way back, and I’m thrilled to see that we might just have a chance in this election to bring some sanity back to our government. But real change cannot come without also reforming the media. I’m not talking about “countering liberal bias,” I’m talking about exposing and replacing the malicious liars who now dominate the once venerable craft of journalism. That’s a harsh assessment, but it’s a fact that fortunately many new Tea Partiers are awakening to as they become politically aware and active this election season. Nothing opens eyes faster than seeing yourself consistently misrepresented by journalists of the so-called mainstream media. Some still believe this is the result of mere ignorance or bias on the part of reporters. I know that it is deliberate falsification.

My little corner of the Tea Party addresses the most untouchable of the sacred cows on the political Left: homosexuality. For 20 years I’ve been explaining why the natural family, marriage and family values are foundational to a healthy society. I’m not a kook or a racist. I’m a highly educated, widely traveled and assiduously rational exponent of the pro-family perspective. I hold advanced degrees in law and theology, and special training in international human rights. My textbook on the “gay” agenda, free for download at www.defendthefamily.com/rtr is civil, carefully reasoned and well documented. However, if you Google my name, without actually knowing me as a person or how the “gay” smear machine works, you would likely conclude that I am a hate-filled and potentially dangerous fanatic. In reality I am a loving Pastor and Christian attorney who devotes his life to serving others, but because part of my ministry is to explain why homosexuality should not be legitimized in our society I have been subjected to two decades of extreme and relentless character assassination.

I know that not all Tea Partiers agree with my position on the homosexual issue (my actual position, not the misrepresentations). Frankly, it’s a wonder that anyone in our society still opposes the “gay” agenda after being subjected to decades-long uncontested pro-“gay” marketing in our popular media and culture. However, you don’t have to agree with me on the issue to learn from my experience with the media. What they have done to me they will do to you to the extent that you speak the truth boldly and unapologetically on any issue that is important to them.

You will be tempted to compromise, or in some way modify your positions in the hopes of winning the media to your side. Don’t do it. It’s a trap. The mainstream media’s implied promise to go easier on you if you grow more politically-correct in your message is just another lie. They know the power that they hold and that if they can pressure you into making concessions in one situation or on one issue you will be theirs to steer in any direction they choose. Look at the homosexual issue, for example. When was the last time you saw a public figure in any significant position of authority dare to say homosexuality is morally wrong and shouldn’t be legitimized in our society? We all know that there’s still a huge number of people in the country who believe that, so why doesn’t anyone say it? The media have used their power to stampede all but a tiny handful of our “conservative” leaders back to the final barricade: the mere defense of the definition of marriage. Now some are caving on that as well -- all to avoid pain from the media.

We’ve been losing the “culture war” for more than half a century now, not just on the social issues, but on all of the founding values of our nation. In my estimation, the biggest reason is the control of the media by social engineers on the Left. I’m very hopeful that our fledgling Tea Party revolution can start to turn things around. But I am absolutely certain that if we follow the conservative movement’s 50-year losing strategy of trying to placate rather than replace the mainstream media, history will remember us as nothing more than a tempest in a teapot.


Dr. Scott Lively is the President of Abiding Truth Ministries and the author of several books, including Redeeming the Rainbow: A Christian Response to the “Gay” Agenda. He has been a speaker at Tea Party rallies in his home state of Massachusetts. For more information see www.defendthefamily.com.


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