Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Ongoing Lameness of CNN

While generally a serviceable outlet for news of the day, CNN has long cultivated and maintained its much deserved reputation for lame-o anchors and commentators. In recent years, Glenn Beck worked there for a stint before going over the edge and landing at Fox News. Tea swilling Lou Dobbs’ show was unwatchable before he retired it. Erick Erickson, with his inarticulate and unabashed reich wing stances, is a buffoon. Not so warm and fuzzy Rick Sanchez was fired after calling Jon Stewart a bigot and saying Jews run CNN and all media (an ironically bigoted statement). And after Parker and Spitzer debuted their new show last fall, and invited Andrew Breitbart to be their first guest, I thought CNN had finally extended itself to the furthest reaches of lame.

I was wrong. They continue to outdo themselves. They hired the Englishman Piers Morgan to replace Larry King. To use a word from his country’s popular slang, Morgan is a wanker. I was first introduced to him three years ago, when I caught a couple episodes of his appearance on Celebrity Apprentice, where he availed his tongue to Donald Trump for use as a nutsack polisher. It was a repulsive display of brown nose.

Then I lost all respect for Morgan when I heard a quote from him last year following the BP disaster. In defense of Tony Hayward, BP’s CEO, Morgan said that President Obama seemed to be on “an absolute witch hunt,” against the BP boss. “You know, accidents do happen,” Morgan told CNN’s Connect The World. “There are major issues in terms of safety here, in terms of environmental tragedy that’s going on where this spillage is occurring, but I think simply to demand the guy’s head on a plate when he’s trying to fix it is not sensible politics, and it’s slightly self-serving. And I, if I was Barack Obama, would cool the rhetoric.” That is a quote from this June 11, 2010 article--from, of all places. (It was only eight days later, June 19th, that Hayward was seen feverishly working to cap the gusher at a yacht race in the Isle of Wight.)

"Accidents do happen." Wow. I found that British twit's nonchalance to be absolutely appalling.

This was his second week on the air, and Morgan interviewed Joel Osteen. Osteen is the renowned mega church pastor in Houston, famous for preaching the perverted prosperity gospel. During the first part of the interview, when Morgan asked for his opinion on homosexuality, Osteen said: “The scriptures shows that it’s a sin. But you know, I’m not one of those that are out there to bash homosexuals and tell them that they’re terrible people and all of that. I mean, there are other sins in the Bible too….”

Indeed there are other sins in the Bible, one of which is the love of money, and which Osteen also addressed. When Morgan asked him if he feels guilty about his wealth, Osteen replied: “I don’t ever feel guilty because it comes from—it’s God’s blessing on my life. And for me to apologize for God’s—how God has blessed you. It’s almost an insult to our God.”

An insult to God? Osteen sure knows the Lord’s mind.

Amazing, how that Bible is right there at Osteen’s side when he needs it to decry homosexuality, yet when they contradict his own sins, the scriptures conveniently disappear. There are so many that denounce the love of riches--and referring to them as blessings qualifies as love--it is a central theme of the Bible.

Christ’s response to the rich young ruler speaks to Osteen. Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest; go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved; for he had great possessions. Mark 10:21-22. Osteen behaves exactly as the rich young ruler.

It is a remarkable thing, coincidence. After seeing that clip online last night, I decided to watch some of the Michael Moore film, Capitalism: A Love Story. There is a part where Moore interviews three catholic priests. He asks Father Dick Preston: “Is capitalism a sin?”

Father Preston answers: “Yes. Capitalism, for me, and for many of us, at this present moment, is an evil. It’s contrary to all that’s good, it’s contrary to the common good, it’s contrary to compassion, it’s contrary to all of the major religions. Capitalism is precisely what the holy books, our holy books in particular, remind us of what is unjust, and in some form and fashion, God will come down and eradicate somehow. Capitalism is wrong, and therefore has to be eliminated.”

He then asked Father Pete Dougherty, a catholic priest for forty five years, who said: “It is immoral, it is obscene, it is outrageous. It is real evil, it is radical evil. It’s radically evil.”

And then he asked Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, who said: “The system doesn’t seem to be providing for the well being of all the people, and that’s what makes it, almost in its very nature, something contrary to the Jesus who said: blessed are the poor, woe to the rich. That’s right out of Saint Luke’s gospel.”

As when you have a believer and an atheist together, one of them has to be wrong, they can’t both be right; so it is with Osteen, who says one thing, and the three priests, and the Bible, who say another.

And that is one of CNN’s go to guys for the Christian perspective.

1 comment:

  1. Nice work, Bob. I'll continue to look into your blog. Peace, bro.