What “Christian” CBN News won’t show you: An unarmed Muslim man suspected of being a terrorist being lynched to death by brave “Christian” soldiers. (AFP Picture, 5th of February, 2014, Bangui)
I believe one of the most dominant “Christian” TV channel is CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network). It is associated with Pat Robertson and is broadcast to every corner of this planet. As for the title of this post, I don’t want to single out Pat, when the whole channel’s staff seem to be a bunch of morons and hypocrites. But I do not criticize everything that is being broadcast on that channel. I totally respect people’s religious beliefs, no matter which religion they belong to as long as they do not violate individual rights and liberties. So, if CBN broadcasters and TV hosts provide healing through their TV program (a bizarre feature of one of their popular programs in which they send healing to people watching the show and suffering from all sorts of maladies: cancer, ulcers, arthritis, diabetes, etc. ). I can mock this practice and I can call this phony but I cannot really say it should be banned by FCC in the United States or other broadcasting regulators in the world. They’re not even asking for money in return for their TV healing ministry, so it is not even fraud in the legal sense.
However, my issue in this blog post is that CBN staff lack basic human decency when they report international news. For years, I have watched their Christian world news broadcasts. In this news bulletin they will go to every corner of the world and report on the persecution of Christians: whether it is violence against Christians in Nigeria or, what they see as, bullying by Western civil authorities who outlaw hate speech by Christian nuts against sexual minorities.
To a certain degree, I can accept their biases since they’re a Christian channel reporting news for their Christian market. Fine. However, any decent human being–Christian or otherwise– will find it distasteful when they refuse to report human suffering where victims are not “Christians”. They will simply turn a blind eye. The latest glaring example of this moral bankruptcy has outraged and angered me. CBN news stories on the escalating violence in Central African Republic is criminally prejudiced and shameless.
Central African Republic is a country in Africa that is experiencing a dangerous cycle of violence and genocides against its Muslim minority who make up about 15% of the population. Here is what the Time magazine story of 8th of February reports:
Mob violence in Central African Republic’s capital has escalated to the point where crowds slay Muslims and mutilate their bodies almost daily despite the presence of thousands of French and African peacekeepers….
Bangui, the capital, is engulfed in an orgy of bloodshed and looting…
Thousands of Muslims left Bangui in a massive convoy Friday that was jeered by crowds of Christians. One Muslim who fell off a truck was quickly killed by the mob.
On CBN’s Planet Moron, acts of genocide against Muslims barely get a mention. From the beginning they have been spinning the conflict as one that was started by “Muslims” in which “Christians” are the victims. This news story from CBN (posted on 8th November 2013) admits that there is an impending genocide in CAR. However, they never mention that it is the Muslims who are in danger of being massacred. Rather, their telegenic and moronic news reader starts the report by saying the violent conditions in CAR started because of the formation of “Islamist” milita. Then they cut to an analysis by their “senior international correspondent” who too never mentions that it is the Muslim minority which is in real danger of further atrocities. Rather, he goes on to mention about refugees stuck inside a “Catholic church”.
The latest report by CBN posted on 6th February notes the escalation of violence in which “Muslims” and “Christians” are attacking each other. Again, the report ignores Muslim persecution and instead goes on to mention that the bloodshed started “after the Christian President was overthrown…last March…Muslim militants…burnt churches and carried out a number of massacres against Christians…” It was only after these Muslim atrocities, the report says, Christians formed their own militia to take “revenge” on Muslims, “killing them and looting them and destroying their homes and mosques…” Aha, some balance in the reporting one might say. But this tiny bit of information is followed by a soundbite from a “Muslim” man. The reporter’s voice-over with the video of a “Muslim” man speaking to the camera: “Another Muslim man said he is ready to die for Islam…” Such reporting is blatantly prejudiced. Despite the fact that majority of the victims have been innocent Muslim civilians who form a small minority, CBN news stories make it sound like this is a conflict in which Christians are being massacred by “Islamists”, and Christians only take revenge, and then Muslims get ready to kill Christians in the name of Islam.
Read the report by Time magazine again. And do further Google searches on CAR situation from different sources and see for yourself how for the corrupt and lying CBN editors, reporters and newsreaders the political and commercial considerations far outweigh the need for journalistic ethics and basic human decency. I have just one question for them:
What would Jesus say?