Brent Bozell

Doesn't it seem amazing that ABC is more nervous about investigating potentially nasty stories about Bill Clinton than they are about potentially nasty stories about Jesus Christ? ABC would not accept Bill Clinton was an adulterer until all the DNA testing was complete. ABC absolutely refused to make any attempt to broadcast the extraordinary claims of Juanita Broaddrick that President Clinton had raped her before he ascended to the White House. But the Jesus-bashers get an hour in prime time to bash the Son of God. Talk about confusing the sacred and the profane!

As with ABC's "Search for Jesus" a few years ago, the network seems determined to sell wild stories and conjectures about Jesus Christ. In promoting the show, Elizabeth Vargas emptily proclaimed, "For me, it's made religion more real and, ironically, much more interesting -- which is what we're hoping to do for our viewers." ABC "News" isn't interested in truth here; it's merely interested in being "interesting."

Just as it's unthinkable that the networks would prepare a fictional TV movie making up demonizing lies about Democratic presidents, as CBS did with "The Reagans," so is it unthinkable that the networks would prepare a 60-minute special trashing one of America's religious minorities. You'll find no deconstructing Buddha, or shredding the Bhagavad Gita, and certainly no maligning the Muslims.

In fact, on "Nightline" in February, this is how ABC's Ted Koppel glowingly promoted the holiness of Islam: "It is an awesome, beautiful and harmonizing annual gathering. A spiritual obligation that every able-bodied Muslim is required to perform at least once in his or her lifetime. A journey, according to Islamic teaching, that cleanses the soul and wipes away sins. It is the Hajj, the pilgrimage that has once again brought some two million Muslims from around the world to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia."

To ABC, Islam is holy. But Christianity is easily pierced as a fraud, an oppressive faith, a creed so repulsive that a "news" division doesn't require any evidence before it rubs salt in the wounds of our Savior.


Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
 
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