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Thursday, September 23, 2004
In this post from last night, I talked about the need for honest Christian involvement in the world of journalism. In his column today, Al Mohler speaks on the CBS controversy. Mohler is often a day or so behind on his blog, but given the depth of his writing, it's a forgivable shortcoming. Today's column on Dan Rather and the fake Texas memos provides a good background on the story for those who haven't followed the blogosphere closely. Yet the column seems to overreact at one point, calling Rather's defense of the memos "postmodernism at its worst." That's true in a way, but I don't think Rather was really trying to stretch the truth. I think in this instance, Rather was just so biased and so senile that he got caught up in his own web. Maybe I'm splitting hairs here myself, but I don't think postmodernism is the issue. In fact, none of this is as complicated as Mohler makes it - it's just a simple matter of bias and integrity. No sense dragging the concept of postmodernism into it.

Mohler also correctly calls for greater Christian discernment in how we respond to the media, saying that "we must always have our minds set on finding the news beyond the news." That's a rather cynical statement, and while I love the work of the blogsophere and other alternate media, at some point we want to work to change the mainstream media. We want that not for money or fame (at least I don't), but so working parents who don't have the time to read twenty blogs a week can turn on the television during the evening news and, between a few channels, get a pretty clear picture of the truth. Right now that just ain't happening. It should be at least one of our goals in reshaping the media.

Finally Mohler fails to address the point that I brought up originally, in reference to J.P. Moreland's book Love Your God With All Your Mind. That point being that Christians should grow intellectually in hopes that they can make a strong difference within their respective fields. So while I agree with Mohler that the Church must be discerning in what is True in the news and what is not, we must also work become a part of the media, so that Christians - who should have the firmest grasp of Truth - can be an effective part of unearthing the events of the day.

If Big Media fails and it is not reformed, we all lose. This is not us vs. them. The blogosphere, talk radio, other internet media are all important. But we must come to a place of reforming the standard forms of news and communication, so that all of us have a reliable outlet for the day's events.
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