By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media
“Haters are going to hate” is how Shepard Smith of Fox News referred to supporters of Christian clerk Kim Davis on his Tuesday afternoon show. It was another example of the anti-Christian bias that has been rearing its ugly head on a channel that many conservatives had looked to for “fair and balanced” coverage of the issues they care about.
But calls to several Fox News officials, asking for reaction to Smith’s anti-Christian comments, were not returned.
In other controversial comments about a pro-Davis rally being broadcast during his show, Smith ripped conservative Christians for “a religious play again,” saying, “This is the same crowd that says, ‘We don’t want Sharia law, don’t let them tell us what to do, keep their religion out of our lives and out of our government.’ Well, here we go again.”
Smith seems not to understand the difference between Christianity, a foundation of the American system that protects religious rights and liberty, and Islam, an authoritarian religion which wants to impose its values on others.
It was expected that the liberals in the media complaining about “mass incarceration” would make an exception for Davis to go to jail. That’s just the way the liberals are. But it was somewhat unexpected that Fox News would break its promise to air “fair and balanced” coverage of the issue by permitting Smith to take such a crude stand against Davis on the “Shepard Smith Reporting” 3:00 p.m. ET show.
All that Davis had asked for from the beginning was the right to have her religious views respected by the government, and for her name as county clerk to not be put on marriage licenses for homosexuals. She was let out of jail on Tuesday despite the federal judge in the case, David L. Bunning, having failed to resolve the issues in the case. As a result, she could return to her job and decide again not to authorize gay marriage licenses.
With his reckless comments, Smith, regularly featured by Out magazine as a powerful homosexual media personality, has embarrassed his channel and turned himself into a liability with the channel’s conservative viewers. He has completely dropped any pretense of objectivity on his show, by apparently taking it personally that many people find the gay lifestyle to be morally repugnant.
His coverage of the pro-Davis rally on Tuesday was openly hostile to the clerk, as he denounced her and her supporters as the equivalent of racists who objected to interracial marriage. The idea of comparing blacks to homosexuals is a frequent claim made by the gay lobby and its adherents. However, skin color is a fact of life, and sexual orientation can be learned, chosen, and even rejected.
It was during her legal counsel Mat Staver’s defense of Davis at the rally that Smith said “haters are going to hate.”
But rather than being a “hater,” Staver is a well-respected attorney and legal scholar who “holds Bachelor, Master, and Juris Doctorate degrees and an honorary Doctorate of Laws and a Doctorate of Divinity,” his bio states. “He has argued two landmark cases before the United States Supreme Court as lead counsel and written numerous briefs before the High Court. Mat has argued in numerous state and federal courts across the country and has over 230 published legal opinions.”
Despite his liberal and pro-homosexual views, Fox News says that Smith “has played a major role in the network’s innovation of the way news is presented.”
If so, this can only continue to hurt the image and reputation of Fox News, which still promotes the slogan of being “fair and balanced” in order to maintain its conservative viewers.
A recent edition of Out said about Smith that his “sexual orientation and centrist ideology are some of Fox News’ worst kept secrets.” The magazine went on, “Despite 2014 reports that his desire to come out led to his demotion, Smith continues to provide nuanced, grounded, and logical reporting as managing editor of Fox’s breaking news division, and host of Shepard Smith Reporting.”
But with his bashing of Kim Davis for her Christian actions and views, the idea that Smith provides “grounded” reporting will be increasingly difficult to believe. The venom which came from him is something Fox viewers would expect from MSNBC.
While it cannot be confirmed that Smith was demoted “for his desire to come out” publicly as a homosexual, he might as well come out since he has really left no doubt in the minds of viewers how he feels on this very personal matter. He has confirmed with his wild and opinionated statements that he is not an objective news anchor who can be counted on to fairly report the news.
In addition to attacking Christians as “haters,” Smith complained on the air that those turning out in support of Davis were being “divisive,” and that Davis was surrounded by “grandstanders,” such as the “ridiculous” Mike Huckabee, a presidential candidate and former governor of Arkansas who served as a host of a talk show on the Fox News Channel. He is a Southern Baptist pastor who helped lead the “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” for the restaurant when its CEO was criticized for supporting traditional marriage.
On his show last week Smith had mocked Davis for having been married several times and having kids out of wedlock, not mentioning her religious conversion to Christianity four years ago that turned her life around and led to her take a stand against signing the gay marriage licenses.
Smith said, “Ms. Davis apparently believes in the sanctity of marriage to the degree that she’s been married a total of four times. In fact, she got pregnant with her third husband’s children while married to her first husband. But fear not: her second husband adopted them.”
Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth called the comments a “cheap shot” that ignored her born-again experience in becoming a Christian four years ago. “She knows that that’s her past. She’s probably ashamed of it,” he noted. “But she now has a strong allegiance to the Bible and to her God and wants to follow her God.”
Despite her religious conversion, Greg Gutfeld repeated the smear of Davis, based on her previous marriages, on the Fox News show “The Five” on Tuesday afternoon. Not one member of the panel took Davis’s side during the discussion or mentioned how Christianity had changed her life.
The basic facts of the case, given short shrift by Fox and other media, are simple: Davis had objected on religious liberty grounds to putting her name and government title on licenses for homosexual marriages. Legal experts also noted that a Supreme Court decision “legalizing” same-sex marriage was not sufficient to alter Kentucky law and the Kentucky constitution, which forbid legal recognition of same-sex marriages.
Nevertheless, Davis was found in contempt by Judge Bunning, who claims to be a Christian, and was put in jail without bail, only to be freed after five days.
Despite what the Supreme Court said in its ruling, dissenters called it a threat to democracy and predicted resistance from the people, who are supposed to have the power in our Constitutional system through elected representatives to make the law. That resistance, as far as the media are concerned, has started with the Davis case. It is shocking that religious conservatives cannot count on Fox to respect their side of the argument.
However, this isn’t the first time that Shepard Smith has been able to spout pro-homosexual views on the air. He denounced Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day as the “National Day of Intolerance” because supporters of the restaurant chain turned out in support of the CEO’s pro-traditional marriage views.
Fox actually pours money into the homosexual lobby. As reported by AIM, Smith and other Fox News personalities, including Megyn Kelly, have raised money for the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA), a special interest lobby which has guided pro-homosexual coverage in virtually all major media organizations. In April, the Fox News Channel joined CBS News and CNN as “silver” sponsors of the NLGJA 20th annual New York “Headlines & Headliners” fundraising event. A male stripper performed at the event.
This columnist, who tried to cover the affair, was told that if he recorded the event he would be thrown out.
- When I tried to reach Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO of Fox News at the switchboard number of 212-301-3000, I was told he was unavailable for comment and that his office would not even accept my inquiry.
Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.
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- The Noisy Room – Biden Gets The Commie Vote
- The Razor – Unicorn Roadkill – When Renewable Energy Activists Meet Physics
- Maggie’s Notebook – Common Core: Jeb Forgets What It Is – Repaying Education Debt, The Proof
- Don Surber – Republicans did not learn from 1992
- The Right Planet – Today’s Prog-ism
- Puma By Design – Street Violence around Annual West Indian Day Parade
- Joshuapundit – The Tale Of The Swine
- GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – AWOL Arab League
- Bookworm Room – A few thoughts about the dangerous influx of Muslim “refugees” into Europe
- VA Right! – I’m Heartbroken. RINO Bill Bolling UNFRIENDED Me on Facebook
- Nice Deb – WH ‘Actively Considering’ Resettlement of Syrian Refugees
- The Glittering Eye – Coping With a Mad Tea Party
- The Independent Sentinel – Fake Republican Colin Powell Gives an Outrageous Performance on Meet the Press
- The Pirate’s Cove – It’s Labor Day, So, It Must Be Time To Talk About Climate Change
- Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion – Democrats, do you feel lucky (about the Iran deal)?
- Gates Of Vienna – One Country, Two Worlds
- Robert Spencer – The Hijrah Into Europe submitted by The Noisy Room
- Rudy Giuliani – De Blasio’s progressivism created city’s homeless crisis submitted by The Razor
- James Rosen/NRO – Buckley, Vidal, and the Long, Hot Summer of ’68 submitted by Maggie’s Notebook
- Rush Limbaugh – Pop Quiz Won’t Hurt Trump submitted by Don Surber
- American Thinker – Modern Day Slavery in Vietnam and Malaysia submitted by The Right Planet
- KVOA News – N4T Investigators: U.S. trying to keep Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal out of slain agent’s trial submitted by Puma By Design
- Sarah Palin/IJR – What The President Didn’t See From Alaska submitted by Joshuapundit
- conservative Treehouse – An Open Letter To Jonah Goldberg re: The GOP And Donald Trump submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
- David P, Goldman/Asia Times – The Price of Europe’s Fecklessness submitted by Bookworm Room
- Ace Of Spades HQ – Hillary Clinton on Hiding Her Emails From Everyone Except Foreign Intelligence Services: What Can I Say, People, Except M’Bad submitted by VA Right!
- Patrick Poole/PJ Media – VIDEO: Former Al-Qaeda Leader Says Obama-Aligned Muslim Brotherhood ‘Is One of the Most Dangerous Organizations’ submitted by Nice Deb
- The Righteous Mind – Where microaggressions really come from: A sociological account submitted by The Glittering Eye
- Victor Davis Hanson/NRO – Is The West Dead Yet? submitted by The Independent Sentinel
- Breitbart – Leon Panetta: “The Iran deal Is Bad, Pass It And Prepare For War” submitted by The Watcher
- Matt Continetti/Free Beacon – An Anti-American White House submitted by The Watcher
By: Renee Nal
“…you do realize paying dues once does not necessarily make you a lifetime affiliate of DSA, don’t you?” – Democratic Socialists of America on Twitter, September 8, 2015
“How many times does one need to speak to the Ku Klux Klan before he is identified as a KKK sympathizer?” –Trevor Loudon
A tense Twitter exchange between Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and the author revealed some major inconsistencies regarding their claims about what it means to be a “member” of their Communist-friendly organization.
The DSA desires a government so massive that it would control all industry in the United States, flying in the face of the vision of America’s founding fathers, who imprinted the concepts of self-governance and the power of the individual into the character of America.
“Our goal as socialists is to abolish private ownership of the means of production.”
Green, of course, describes communism.
The Twitter exchange started with the following:
— Renee Nal (@ReneeNal) September 6, 2015
The author was rewarded with a response:
After asking for evidence, the author gladly complied, armed with information obtained from Bernie Sanders’ page on Keywiki:
— Renee Nal (@ReneeNal) September 6, 2015
This was followed up with a response from the Democratic Socialists of America, who disputed the idea that they are communists or that Bernie Sanders was ever a member of the organization.
As observed by Loudon,
The author responded with Green’s quote and with a screenshot of their birthday message to Karl Marx.
Notice in the second Twitter exchange that David Green can be seen watching Bernie Sanders address an audience of DSA members in Detroit.
DSA neglected to respond to Green’s quote or their birthday wishes to Karl Marx. They did, however, continue to deny that Bernie Sanders was ever a member of their organization.
While DSA is aggressively supporting Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential bid; they insisted on Twitter that despite the information in the newsletter, Sanders has never been a member of DSA.
After providing another link claiming that Sanders was a member of DSA (as well as Congressman Danny Davis) , DSA again denied Sanders’ membership, claiming it was “disinformation.”
@ReneeNal Danny Davis isn’t a member either. Oh well, lots of disinformation on the interwebs.
— DSA (@DemSocialists) September 8, 2015
As you can see in the above tweet, DSA also claimed that Congressman Danny K. Davis “isn’t a member” but after presented with claims to the contrary by their own magazine, DSA tweeted indignantly that “paying dues once does not necessarily make you a lifetime affiliate of DSA…”
While many leftists steer clear of the “communist” label, the ultimate goal of socialism is communism. In fact, the DSA and the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) (whose platform prominently features the need for socialism) recently even had talks about merging their organizations.
More photos linking Bernie Sanders to DSA can be found at TrevorLoudon.com.
Americans must realize that the Democratic party has been completely hijacked by pro-communist socialists to the point where there is no distinguishable difference between socialism and today’s democrat party, as evidenced recently by Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) during an exchange with Chris Matthews on MSNBC.
DSA Madison chimed in, claiming that Sanders as a DSA member in their 2014 newsletter was a “misprint.”
— DSA Madison (@DSAMadison) September 8, 2015
Hat Tip: BB
By: Lloyd Marcus
So this is how the game is played. Leftist operatives in the courts (supreme and state) create unconstitutional laws to further their anti-God agenda. Then, Leftists say those who disobey their lawless laws are not behaving like Christians and good Americans. Many on our side fall for it.
The SCOTUS’ ruling on Obamacare and homosexual marriage means the Constitution will now say whatever Leftists want it to say. Folks do you realize that based on this new precedent, the Left can make anything they want a law; incest, pedophilia, bestiality and so on? Before you call me crazy, Leftists are already clamoring for the normalization of these sins. Have you heard of NAMBLA (North American Man Boy Love Association)? http://bit.ly/1N8epTy
Suppose our kangaroo supreme court decreed that ending slavery was unconstitutional. All blacks must report to government for their slavery assignments. How many idiots on our side would comply because Christians and good Americans must obey the law?
Meanwhile, it goes without saying that Obama is the most lawless president in US History; refusing to obey laws he dislikes. http://cbsloc.al/1fpki0B Sanctuary cities which are run by Democrats defiantly disobey federal immigration law at the cost of endangering and even the deaths of American citizens. http://bit.ly/1JH5NPj It is insane to allow these conniving vipers to claim moral high ground over us; lecture us about obeying the law.
Christians with their heads not buried in the sand knew jail-time was coming for Christians that refuse to bow down and worship homosexual’s false god. http://bit.ly/1LQB0SZ
In response to the SCOTUS ruling on homosexual marriage, a mega-church pastor said he hoped it would not infringe upon our religious freedom. I thought, “Well duh!” That is the purpose of the attacks and lawsuits; to criminalize biblical standards.
Wedding chapels, cakes, flowers and everything else needed for homosexuals to marry are readily available to them. Homosexual’s ultimate mission is to force Christians to rubber-stamp their behavior, thus betraying the true God.
This is why I get upset with Christians who still do not get it; labeling any push back as intolerant and unchristian, lecturing fellow Christians about showing these passive humble homosexuals more love. I want to scream, “This ain’t about that!” This is about saying no to being bullied into embracing anti-biblical behavior.
The radical homosexual movement is a form of the Mark of the Beast. In essence, any business or household which does not display the homosexual rainbow flag over its doorway will not be permitted to exist.
Remember the pro football player that was fined and forced into sensitivity training for tweeting his disapproval of two men kissing on national TV. http://bit.ly/1Utv0XZ That is not far from being forced to display the homosexual rainbow flag tattooed on your forehead.
When did we lose the power folks, becoming subservient to 2% of the population http://usat.ly/1mI1FH5; forced to comply or end up in jail?
Kim Davis realizes that the Creator’s Law trumps the creation’s law. This is why she has the strength to in essence say, “Y’all can have a fit and even throw me in jail, I will not bow down and worship your god.” Trust me, the forces of evil are outraged. Note that all the vitriol is coming from the Left, not from Christians.
Christian abolitionists disobeyed the law helping blacks to escape slavery via the underground railroad. http://bit.ly/1EH1ZB9 They also broke the law teaching blacks to read.
Daniel was a high ranking highly respected government (King Darius) employee. A new law said everyone must pray only to King Darius. Daniel disobeyed, continuing to pray to the God of Israel. He was arrested and thrown into the lion’s den. When interviewed by reporters from the Stone Tablet Times, I suspect some Christians trashed Daniel for noncompliance to the King’s law.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were government (King Nebuchadnezzar) appointees. The King built a golden statue, proclaimed it god and decreed that all must bow down and worship it. Faithful to the true God, the three Hebrew boys disobeyed the law, refusing to bow down or worship the government’s statue. They were arrested and thrown into a fiery furnace.
Like Kim Davis, Daniel and the three Hebrew boys believed the consequence of betraying God is eternal; heaven or hell. It is hard to believe Christians are now forced to make such a choice in the United States of America.
God bless GOP presidential contender Sen Ted Cruz for standing up for religious freedom.
“…I stand with Kim Davis. Unequivocally. I stand with every American that the Obama Administration is trying to force to choose between honoring his or her faith or complying with a lawless court opinion.
“In dissent, Chief Justice Roberts rightly observed that the Court’s marriage opinion has nothing to do with the Constitution. Justice Scalia observed that the Court’s opinion was so contrary to law that state and local officials would choose to defy it.”
Please click this link to read the rest of Sen Cruz’s powerful statement. http://bit.ly/1fXRDRf
Frankly, GOP presidential contender Carly Fiorina saying Kim Davis should issue the license or resign smells of more GOP caving to the Left; we-don’t-have-your-back politics as usual. This makes me a bit nervous envisioning Fiorina in the big chair in the Oval Office. http://bit.ly/1fVNjBZ
Fiorina’s behavior takes me back to an article I wrote titled, “Which GOP Presidential Contender will Keep Their Word in the White House.” http://bit.ly/1N9uad9
Again, thank you brother Cruz for leading the charge for religious liberty and We the People.