Apropos of my post below where Jeff Jarvis accused the MSM of caddying for the Christian point of view on the Schiavo matter, perhaps Mr. Jarvis missed this little exchange over the weekend between that well known shill for Christianity Howard Kurtz and Michele Cottle of that bastion of Christian conservatism The New Republic:
[HOWARD] KURTZ: Michelle Cottle, has the press ridiculed, or maybe I should say marginalized, religious people who believed the Terri Schiavo must be kept alive as a matter of Christian morality?(HT: Michelle Malkin)
COTTLE: Well, it’s not that they get out there and make fun of them. It’s just you come with a ready-made kind of visual here. You have people on the streets praying. They’re, you have very dramatic and even melodramatic protests and things like this.
These people are very easy to kind of just poke fun at without even saying anything. You just kind of show these people. And the majority of Americans who don’t get out there and do this kind of, you know, really dramatic displays feel a little bit uncomfortable on that level.
Oh those comical Christians! Given that until recently, Christians were almost without exception portrayed by Hollywood and the rest of the cultural elites as evil, hypocritical, rabid dogs who go into trances and do strange things like pray in public and exhibit kindness to others, it’s a wonder we haven’t clapped these poor unfortunates into irons and sent them off to live in some re-education camp. And while this attitude is changing slowly with the advent of a few TV dramas where God is a central part of the plot and Christians are actually portrayed in a positive light, it doesn’t change the fact that in the newsrooms of the country, they are still objects of derision.
Malkin draws the obvious conclusion:
Oh, and if Cottle is willing to be this honest on national TV about her discomfort with people praying on the street, can you imagine what her colleagues in newsrooms and control rooms across the country are saying about “these people?”
We can imagine it because we see it all the time.