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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Al-Jazeera America Ratings In The Tank

Memo to Al-Jazeera America: It ain’t working. The ratings for the pro-Islam network are down considerably compared to Current TV (the network it replaced). Being the unofficial cheerleader and pseudo-mouthpiece for Hezbollah, Hamas and ISIS won’t endear you to American audiences.

Read more below:

After 14 months on-air, the network is down 44 percent in total day ratings compared to its predecessor

The winner and loser of the lawsuit between Al Jazeera America and former Current TV CEO Al Gore is yet to be determined, but ratings comparisons between the two show a clear winner.

After buying Current TV in early 2013, and debuting over the summer that year, Al Jazeera has lost almost half of Current TV's audience.

Current TV's run with progressive news programming lasted from December, 2011 to August, 2013. In that timespan, the network ran programs like “The Young Turks,” “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm,” “Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer,” and “Joy Behar: Say Anything.”  Upon being bought by Al Jazeera, Current was in 60 million American homes.

Al Jazeera America was born as the opposite of Current TV, possessing no political point of view and no opinion program in favor of hard news and in-depth reporting. It hired veteran news anchors and reporters from previous networks, including former NBC News anchor John Seigenthaler; former CNN anchors Tony Harris and Ali Velshi; former CNN correspondent Joi Chen; former MSNBC anchor David Shuster; former NBC News White House Correspondent Mike Viqueira, former PBS journalist Ray Suarez, and several other veteran TV news personalities.

Its lineup of journalists hasn't translated to ratings. When comparing Al Jazeera America's ratings to date to Current TV's ratings from December, 2011 to August, 2013, the numbers show significant losses. In total day, AJAM is down 44 percent compared to Current TV; in the 25-54 demo, the channel is down 55 percent. In primetime viewers, AJAM is down 49 percent compared to Current TV; in the primetime demo, down 54 percent.

In its 14 months on-air, AJAM is averaging 14,000 viewers 5,000 demo viewers for total day. In primetime, its averaging 18,000 viewers and 6,000 demo viewers.

Full article here.

On a side note, the new pro-america, "One America News Network" outperforms Al-Jazeera America by more than 3 to 1 yet for some reason liberal cable entities like Comcast choose to put Al-Jazeera America on the air and not pro-america type networks like One America News. What gives?


 

 

posted @ Thursday, October 30, 2014 11:48 AM | Feedback (1)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Video: Duck Dynasty Star: "We need to elect godly men for crying out loud! Vote Godly!”

Here’s some advice from Duck Dynasty elder statesman Phil Robertson:  “We need to elect godly men for crying out loud!” “Vote Godly!”

Watch below.




His message is addressed to Louisiana residents since that is where he lives but let’s be honest: his message is for all Christians across the country.

He cut the video for The American Renewal Project, an organization financed by the American Family Association and run by influential evangelical operative David Lane. The goal wants to return America to it’s proper Judeo-Christian heritage and principles. Lane conducts dozens of, “Pastors and Pews” events around the country that helps and equips pastors to preach boldly from the pulpit about the moral and cultural issues of the day. The hope is that these pastors will then mobilize those in their congregations to get out and vote. Lane is extremely dedicated to this purpose and is a major player in the fight for the soul of America.


posted @ Wednesday, October 29, 2014 3:35 PM | Feedback (1)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Newt Gingrich:Time For Christians To Awake After Houston Pastors Incident

Newt Gingrich, along with Vince Haley, the Vice President of Policy at American Solutions have some very thoughtful analysis on the situation with the Houston pastors and those sermon subpoenas requested by Mayor Annise Parker and the Houston City Council. Bottom line: Newt and Haley believe a much larger strategy is at work here and it’s downright immoral and dastardly.

Read their analysis below:

Subpoenaing Houston Pastors Part of A Larger Strategy

Newt Gingrich and Vince Haley:

The Mayor of Houston’s recent subpoena of sermons by Christian pastors in the country’s fourth largest city is a shocking violation of First Amendment rights to free speech and free exercise of religion. There is no clearer violation of First Amendment freedoms than for government officials to attempt to censor religious speech.

Lawyers for the Christian pastors were prepared to sue to quash these subpoenas -- and would have succeeded quickly in the courts on Constitutional grounds – when the Mayor withdrew the subpoenas amid an uproar of protest.

So why would Annise Parker, the Houston mayor, issue such subpoenas at all if a court would have stopped her from forcing the pastors to comply? Probably because she is playing for much larger political and constitutional stakes than the power to coerce disclosure of the communications five Houston pastors.

Her signature initiative--the so-called “bathroom bill”, a city ordinance that she championed and signed last May--is being threatened by a public campaign to repeal it in a referendum . The City has challenged the validity of the signatures the citizens collected to force a vote on the ordinance, which led a group of them to sue the City. Mayor Parker responded by subpoenaing five Houston pastors who oppose the ordinance, but who are not even parties to the lawsuit.

In politics, if politicians are not succeeding in their arguments, they change the subject. And Mayor Parker apparently is not succeeding in her defense of a law that opponents claim creates a right, among other newly created sexual and gender identity rights, for anyone to use public bathrooms of the opposite sex in the name of gender rights equality.

Losing her own argument, she’s changing the subject. And if you’re a liberal mayor trying to create new sexual and gender identity rights, there’s apparently no better object on which to refocus the public than the Christian pastors and their beliefs on gender and sexuality.

An attempt to set up the pastors as the foil to her radical agenda would explain the Mayor’s outrageous subpoenas, which demand, among other things, all of the pastors’ emails, texts, and sermons relating to the bathroom bill, the Mayor, the City attorney, restroom access under the bathroom bill, the topics of homosexuality or gender identity, and the petition drive to repeal the bathroom bill. And it would explain the Mayor’s tweet the morning after the subpoenas came to light: “If the 5 pastors used pulpits for politics, their sermons are fair game. Were instructions given on filling out anti-HERO petition?-A”
(“HERO” is an acronym for the “bathroom bill” ordinance.)

Clearly the Mayor is trying to shift the debate from a fight over the merits of her sexual and gender identity agenda to a fight over the Christian worldview of sexual ethics. That’s exactly what the subpoenas were intended to accomplish.

There are three reasons why she might have expected this to be effective.

First, Mayor Parker likely believed that issuing the subpoenas, even if later withdrawn, would cause Houston pastors to think twice about criticizing her or her bathroom bill. She would not be the first politician to harass and attempt to intimidate people with opposing beliefs. The right response to such intimidation is for citizens of all stripes to vote out of office those politicians who practice it.

Second, in the case of pastors, Mayor Parker is clearly aware that there is a provision of U.S. tax law that already tends to chill the speech of some pastors from the pulpit. Known as the “Johnson Amendment” because it was authored by then-Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, the statute states that tax-exempt organizations–churches, for instance–may not “participate in, or intervene in…any political campaign on behalf of…any candidate for public office.”

Although the 1954 Johnson Amendment is brazenly in conflict with the free speech and free exercise protections of the First Amendment, Mayor Parker implicitly threatens the churches’ tax-exempt status when she attacks pastors who dare to challenge her ideological agenda. Again the goal is to have pastors back off their criticisms.

The right response to this long-standing threat is for Congress to repeal the Johnson Amendment at the first opportunity. Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC) has a very simple bill to do just that.

Third, there is now an established and successful political and constitutional strategy to paint the protection of traditional moral values — and opposition to newly-invented sexual and gender identity rights — as motivated by malice. In the 2013 Supreme Court decision (United States v. Windsor) that invalidated Congress’ enacted definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion that the only purpose of those who supported this traditional definition of marriage was to “disparage,” ”injure,” “degrade,” ”demean,” and “humiliate” certain groups of fellow citizens.

In a word, hate is all that Justice Kennedy sees when he encounters someone who supports a traditional definition of marriage. Under this newly-invented constitutional standard, if the Court feels today that a particular law is hateful, then the Court will simply invalidate the law, no further justification needed. And it will do so whether or not a vast majority of the public believes reasonable people can disagree about the definition of marriage in particular and about sexual ethics more generally.

We can be confident that Mayor Parker has taken note of Justice Kennedy’s insidious two-part strategy of (1) making skeptics of the left’s sexual and gender identity agenda into “enemies of humanity”, to paraphrase Justice Scalia, and (2) thereby ending political debate over these newly-invented sexual rights by declaring them constitutional rights beyond public debate. Mayor Parker’s attention-grabbing subpoenas of five Christian pastors seems intended to do just that – to persuade the public that ‘these are the hateful haters who oppose my agenda to conjure up new constitutional rights.’
In other words, under the Kennedy-Parker telling, if you are against the Mayor’s law to let anyone in America’s fourth largest city go into any bathroom he (or she?) wants on any given day, then you must be a hateful bigot–one of those intolerant Christians who hates people who don’t think like they do. In the Kennedy-Parker telling, you must be one of those Christians who are using their pulpits to ‘impose their beliefs on the rest of us.’

If this analysis is wrong, Mayor Parker can clear this up by answering these two questions: 1) Does she believe that everyone who does not support her bathroom bill is a hateful bigot? 2) Does she support a citywide referendum on her bathroom bill?

The right response to the supersized intimidation and anti-democratic pretensions of the Justice Kennedys and Mayor Parkers of this country is faithfulness on the part of Christians and a political awakening on the part of all citizens.




posted @ Saturday, October 25, 2014 11:56 AM | Feedback (2)

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Brody File Show: The Sleeping Giant: The Pastors Arise

This week on the Brody File Show, we travel to Houston where faith leaders are fighting back after the city issued a controversial subpoena demanding they turn over their sermons to the government.

Plus, a one-on-one with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on why he thinks pastors must lead the way in the battle over religious liberty.

posted @ Friday, October 24, 2014 11:55 AM | Feedback (1)

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Pastors Strike Back: Bibles and Sermons Sent To Houston Mayor

You’ve no doubt heard of the classic Star Wars movie, “The Empire Strikes Back.” Well, it’s time for a new movie and it’s just starting. It’s called, “The Pastors Strike Back.”

Fresh off the stunning attack on religious liberty down in Houston where pastors were told by Houston’s Mayor to hand over their sermons, there is now an effort underway by pastors across America to VOLUNTARILY send Bibles and their sermons to the mayor of Houston.

Mike Huckabee called for it and so has influential Christian author Eric Metaxas. Metaxas tells The Brody File, "Never in our history has religious freedom been so brazenly defied. A bold red line has been crossed. The Houston mayor's inexcusable demand to see the sermons of pastors is an outrageous and shocking affront to all Americans and to liberty itself. If the American church does not rise up and stand against this, there is no American church."

The Brody File obtained a home video of Pastor Brad Atkins of Powdersville First Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina sending his sermon off to the Houston Mayor. Watch below.


Sources tell The Brody File that pastors from Canada, Australia and Germany are also sending the Houston mayor Bibles and sermons. There are also big events planned around what happened in Houston. On November 2nd, The Family Research council is hosting a huge simulcast event in Houston at a big church.  Guests will include Mike Huckabee, Phil Robertson, the Benham brothers, Dr. Ronnie Floyd and others. In South Carolina, the South Carolina Pastors Alliance is staging an event called, “The Stand” to be held on the statehouse grounds.

Folks, we are beginning to see pastors rise up. Will it last? In the evangelical community, this is at critical mass. Will the flock respond?

posted @ Monday, October 20, 2014 4:11 PM | Feedback (14)

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Brody File Show: The Kansas Two-Step

This week on the Brody File Show - The midterm elections are approaching, and we're sitting down with two of Kansas' top politicians: Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and embattled Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.

 

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 4:47 PM | Feedback (0)

Ted Cruz To Brody File: Hopes Houston Pastors Incident Sparks "Revival Of Faith"

In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Senator Ted Cruz says he hopes that this incident where Houston pastors have been told to hand over their sermons will help spark revival in America and wake up evangelicals in this country to get more politically involved. “It is my hope that what we are seeing today will spark a revival, a revival of faith but also a revival of leadership, a revival of pastors who tell every member of their congregation it is your obligation, your moral obligation, your civic obligation and your biblical obligation to speak up and be involved, to speak up for truth, to go and register to vote and vote and hold your elected officials accountable because the way liberty is taking away is too many of us sit back and allow our liberties to be stripped away.”

Watch the clip below along with a partial transcription.

The Brody File traveled to Houston Texas Thursday to interview Cruz after his press conference in defense of Houston pastors. They’ve under a severe religious liberty attack by city officials. The Mayor and the City Council are trying to subpoena the sermons of these pastors because of their supposed outspokenness on homosexuality and a controversial LGBT ordinance. The pastors are refusing to give in. More Brody File analysis on Ted Cruz and evangelicals here.

MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE


David Brody: “Does the country need a new black robe regiment, that revolutionary army period where pastors were not afraid at all to speak out about cultural and political issues of the day.”

Senator Ted Cruz: “You are exactly right. If you look at the revolutionary war, if you look at the Declaration of Independence and how many pastors signed the Declaration of Independence, the Black Robe Regiment were one after the other after the other pastors would preach and pull their robes off and march out in an American army uniform to fight for independence. We’ve had a tradition in this country of pastors with the courage to speak the truth, the courage to speak the truth when slings and arrows will come at you, when government will come at you, that’s when it takes courage. It doesn’t take courage if there is no price, if there is no persecution and it is my hope that what we are seeing today will spark a revival, a revival of faith but also a revival of leadership, a revival of pastors who tell every member of their congregation it is your obligation, your moral obligation, your civic obligation and your biblical obligation to speak up and be involved, to speak up for truth, to go and register to vote and vote and hold your elected officials accountable because the way liberty is taking away is too many of us sit back and allow our liberties to be stripped away.”

Senator Ted Cruz: “I hope that the abuse of power from the city of Houston this week coming after the pastors, subpoenaing their sermons,  I hope it serves only further to wake people up.”

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 8:08 AM | Feedback (2)

Ted Cruz Tells Brody File: "Real Risk" Of Pastors Being Jailed For Preaching Against Homosexuality

In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Senator Ted Cruz says pastors being hauled off to jail by the government for preaching against homosexuality is a “real risk” in the future. ““I think that is a real risk,” Cruz tells me. “Some in the media ridicule that threat saying there is no danger of the government coming after pastors. That is the usual response.” But he adds: “The specter of government trying to determine if what pastors preach from the pulpit meets with the policy views or political correctness of the governing authorities, that prospect is real and happening now.”

Watch the clip below along with a partial transcription.

The Brody File traveled to Houston Texas Thursday to interview Cruz after his press conference in defense of Houston pastors. They are under a severe religious liberty attack by city officials. The Mayor and the City Council are trying to subpoena the sermons of these pastors because of their supposed outspokenness on homosexuality and a controversial LGBT ordinance. The pastors are refusing to give in. More Brody File analysis on Ted Cruz and evangelicals here.

MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE



David Brody: “One of the next battles in this culture war could indeed be right there in the pulpit. Are we going through a potential period or could we very well soon go through a period where pastors are hauled off to jail for a hate crime because they are speaking for traditional marriage?”

Senator Ted Cruz: “I think that is a real risk and you and I have both pointed to that risk in the past and some in the media ridicule that threat saying there is no danger of the government coming after pastors. That is the usual response.”

Senator Ted Cruz: “The specter of government trying to determine if what pastors preach from the pulpit meets with the policy views or political correctness of the governing authorities, that prospect is real and happening now.”

Senator Ted Cruz: “When you subpoena one pastor, you subpoena every pastor. If government has the power to force the pulpit to knuckle under, if government has the power to insist that pastors hand over their sermons for government approval then we’ve lost the very first freedom that begins our bill of rights. We’ve lost the freedom that this country was built on. That’s what this fight is and I very much hope that this serves as a wake-up call to Christians, to people of faith, I hope it serves as a wake-up call to pastors to speak out and make abundantly clear that we will not give up our religious liberty. We will not go quietly into the night but we will stand and fight for principles that are right and true and will speak the truth and the pastors of this country will not be muzzled.

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 7:39 AM | Feedback (14)

Ted Cruz and The Gospel

The pictures below say it all.

Ted Cruz has something special and Thursday in his hometown of Houston Texas it was clearly on display. The Brody File saw it up close. He came to his home church here (Houston’s First Baptist Church) to hold court about the Houston pastors who have come under a vicious religious liberty attack by city officials, led by the mayor. As Cruz was speaking, he was in his element because what he has is not a political skill.  Nor is it an intellectual one.  When it comes to his relationship with evangelicals, he has a spiritual connection. He is one of them. He gets them and they get him. And one thing’s for certain: He’s not ashamed of the Gospel. Far from it. Cruz wears his faith on his sleeve and is proud of it. 

This press conference was heartfelt. This was no political stunt.  Look folks, his father has been a traveling preacher for years. Cruz is well versed in the Bible. It’s at the core of who he is. In my many interviews with him over the years, he loves to talk about Jesus but hey, I didn’t fall off the turnip truck yesterday. I know when politicians bring up faith for political reasons. Cruz doesn’t do that. 

This Houston Pastors story will fan the flames of the religious liberty issue in America. Ted Cruz is well positioned to lead on this issue because he lives it and breathes it. It’s at the core of his being. Other possible presidential candidates believe just as much in the religious liberty issue and in 2016, they’ll discuss it with fervor. But Cruz comes from a different place. Not only has he defended religious liberty cases in court, he defends it in public with the word of God. He has the “street cred” to make this a signature issue in his bid to strongly woo the evangelical vote. Watching him in action Thursday, in front of a passionate overflow room gave me pause. It made me realize that this is the issue that could set him apart from others with the evangelical audience. If Mike Huckabee runs, he’ll be right in the mix too but at this point, Cruz seems to be leading the way on this. It looks to be his evangelical calling card and a heartfelt one at that.

And here are some Brody File pictures showing Cruz in rare form.


















 

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 12:39 AM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Pat Roberts Calls Tea Party 'The Prairie Fire' That Will Get His Campaign Going

In a one-on-one interview with The Brody File aboard his campaign bus, Sen. Pat Roberts says support from the Tea Party movement will be critical to his campaign.

“I have talked to many of the Tea Party folks myself, listened to them,” Roberts says. “The Tea Party is extremely valuable to us. They’re the prairie fire that gets things going.”

Roberts is in a tough, tight race here in Kansas against Greg Orman. He alienated some Tea Party members when he took on Tea Party candidate Milton Wolf in the GOP Primary. Now he needs their support to win the General Election.

Some voters think he’s been in Washington too long and want to see him gone. But Roberts is fighting back. Recent polls show he’s climbing steadily and a bunch of campaign ad money is about to drop on Orman.

The interview was conducted Thursday morning aboard his campaign bus in Wichita, Kansas. Watch the video clip below along with a partial transcription.

A full report airs on The 700 Club Friday morning.

MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE

Sen. Pat Roberts: We have outreached to the Tea Party. The Tea Party Express is going to come in and endorse us. We have Ted Cruz, we have Sarah Palin, we have Laura Ingram, and we have all of the spokesmen on the conservative side. I have talked to many of the Tea Party folks myself, listened to them. The Tea Party is extremely valuable to us. They’re the prairie fire that gets things going.

posted @ Thursday, October 09, 2014 10:49 PM | Feedback (1)