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Hit Job by ABC News Against Michele Bachmann and Conservative Christians?

Ladies and gentlemen, we have found Exhibit A when it comes to media bias against conservative evangelical Christians. Congratulations to Brian Ross and his ABC News Investigative Unit!

Ross and the crew decided to do an “undercover investigation” about the use of reparative therapy at the Christian clinic owned by Michele and Marcus Bachmann. It is designed to convert gays back to heterosexuality through prayer and a therapeutic clinical process.

First of all, you’re kidding me right? They did an undercover investigation to make the point that the healing power of Jesus Christ can transform lives? That’s what passes for an undercover investigation nowadays? Oy-gevalt.

Secondly, let’s search for editorial balance in the piece. OK. I’m done. There wasn’t any.

Everyone they interviewed supported the pro-homosexual viewpoint. Additionally, they identified Clinton Anderson as a doctor with the American Psychological Association. Back up.

Actually, upon further Brody File research his full title is, “Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns Office” within the American Psychological Association. His professional bio lists a bunch of pro-homosexual legislation that he has been active pursuing during his career. Don’t you think they should have at least mentioned his full title? C’mon.

Thirdly, Ross and the gang decided to title the piece, "Michele Bachmann Clinic: Where You Can Pray Away the Gay?,” Nice stereotype. The old question mark slogan on the chyron. Oy.

Finally,in terms of the conservative evangelical response, ABC News and Ross’s crew could have mentioned the group Exodus International who defines its mission as, “Mobilizing the body of Christ to minister grace and truth to a world impacted by homosexuality.”

They could have done an on-camera interview with someone from the organization but even if they didn’t, how about a quick Google search? Has the investigative unit heard of that? They would have discovered the following on the Exodus International website:

Exodus International believes… that the decision to leave homosexuality is not about one particular method, but ultimately about a relationship with Jesus Christ and a resolution to live in congruence with biblical teaching on sexuality. Reparative therapy — a holistic, counseling method used by a minority of counseling professionals in addressing unwanted same-sex attraction — may be one of many tools helpful to some in this process. It is not the sole approach used, nor is it essential for one to live a life beyond homosexuality. We believe homosexuality to be a multi-causal, developmental issue and that any individual can experience freedom through the support of caring individuals and the healing power of Jesus Christ.

So now we have a bigger picture here don’t we? Reparative therapy is one possible tool. The real emphasis is coming into a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Brian Ross’s team has won a lot of awards. Hey, I’ve seen many of his reports and they’ve normally been pretty solid but what happened here? This week they just won another award: Best “Hit Job” of 2011.

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Comments on this post

# RE: Hit Job by ABC News Against Michele Bachmann and Conservative Christians?

Thanks for the post. Social liberals are slowly but surely trying to kill off any potential conservative/Christian voices in the public square. I hope she survives but not likely that any solid Evangelical can.
Left by pete d on Jul 13, 2011 1:29 PM

# RE: Hit Job by ABC News Against Michele Bachmann and Conservative Christians?

You may be right about bias in the ABC report, for I have not seen. But why don't you or any other pundit on the Christian right ever question Bachman's continual creation of her own alternate reality, whether by mis-stating facts about American or Iowan history or by mis-stating figures that contradict her version of reality. Being a Christian I do not think allows me to make up whatever I would like to be true. Why don't you ever call her on her egregious mis-statements of fact?
Left by Cal Skaggs on Jul 13, 2011 2:58 PM

# RE: Hit Job by ABC News Against Michele Bachmann and Conservative Christians?

When I read about the various ministries that offer to help people "Pray Away the Gay," all it tells me is that you can pretty much make people do whatever you want if you succeed in threatening them with the Fires of Hell. Sure, there have been many Gay people who have been successfully brainwashed by their churches and families into believing that their only legitimate choice is to supress their feelings and live lives of chastity and "holiness," and if that makes them feel better about themselves, I'm not going to second-guess them. But for each of those people, there are far more Gay people who went through the charade of getting married and even having children, only later to come to grips with the fact that they were just fooling themselves; as a result, marriages come apart, there are nasty custody battles, and for WHAT? For the sake of familial and societal norms and expectations?
Left by Chuck Anziulewicz on Jul 13, 2011 3:41 PM

# RE: Hit Job by ABC News Against Michele Bachmann and Conservative Christians?

I fully agree with Brody's assessment of what ABC's Brian Ross did. The one sided reporting is evident and it provides a picture of what agendas the liberal media supports.
Left by Betty on Jul 13, 2011 6:15 PM

# RE: Hit Job by ABC News Against Michele Bachmann and Conservative Christians?

A hit job indeed. And a "news" agency with an agenda. The least we could ask for is that all relevant facts be accurately reported. But no matter. Whatever it takes to bring down an unsavory candidate (conservative, female, Christian), right?
Left by rjfunk7 on Jul 13, 2011 9:34 PM

# RE: Hit Job by ABC News Against Michele Bachmann and Conservative Christians?

In the Bible, Hosea 4;6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge[GOD'S SPIRITUAL revelation] of his word. GOD says in John 3;16 that he loves you but hates SIN Romans 1-32. Presidential candidates fear God and not man. The truth hurts. Don,t go along to get along. The only way out of this live style is [deliverance IN JESUS NAME.]SO BE IT. People, news media will always mock you so DON'T GIVE IN!!! Read Joshua 1;5-9
Left by ezekiel-3 on Jul 15, 2011 9:07 AM

# RE: Hit Job by ABC News Against Michele Bachmann and Conservative Christians?

Well done, Brody! Liars do not tell the truth!
Deception is the game of these entitled agendas of selfishness.
Left by star37 on Jul 23, 2011 1:59 PM