Saturday, March 17, 2007


It's a top story, no less.

Thousands of Christians prayed for peace at an anti-war service at the Washington National Cathedral, kicking off a weekend of protests around the United States to mark the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq. - AP

The good thing isn't that Christians protested the war - Christian groups have been protesting this war since it started. But you never heard about it before, because the press just hasn't cared, because it didn't conform to their script.

The Mavens of the Media think in VERY simplistic terms, and, as you know, they don't actually report. They stereotype and repeat scripts. So, when right-wing Christian groups rally in opposition to abortion, the press treats it as a religious rally. BUT, when left-wing Christian groups rally for the environment, or in opposition to poverty and war, the press (if it mentions it at all) treats it as a purely political movement, and may not even mention that the protesters are all part of a religious group. Right-wing=religious. Left-wing=secular. That's the script. And the fact that there are many very religious people on the left and many on the right whose only god is Mammon does not change that script.

Maybe the script is changing.

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