Journalism’s reward of truth aligned with my worldview.
Much the way my grandmother, Mama Lovie Kennedy, planted the seed of Christianity within my soul, Chicago newspaper columnist Mike Royko embedded the seed of journalism in my mind.
For me, Jesus and Journalism work together like Jordan and Pippen. The American Dynasty would not exist without the pairing of Jesus and Journalism.
The unending search for and exposing of truth powered this country’s ascent to unprecedented freedom. The first amendment to the United States Constitution, ratified in 1791, protected religion (Jesus) and the press (Journalism).
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Nearly every day I sit in stunned amazement watching Twitter annihilate the pillars of our constitutional republic. Twitter’s reaction to star NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski’s stupefying miscue is the latest example of social media’s subversive impact.
On Friday, Hawley shared with the media the letter he wrote NBA commissioner Adam Silver questioning the league’s friendly relationship with China and its planned Black Lives Matter social justice messaging. Within 2 minutes of receiving the email, Wojnarowski responded “Fuck You.” Hawley shared the exchange on his Twitter feed.
Twitter celebrated Wojnarowski’s partisan buffoonery as though he’d sacrificed his seat at the front of the bus to Rosa Parks. When Outkick’s Ryan Glasspiegel reported Saturday evening that ESPN suspended Wojnarowski for the offense, Woj entered Twitter’s woke heaven. Bluecheck angels caused the #FreeWoj hashtag to trend. On Sunday, LeBron James greeted Woj at social media’s martyr gates, tweeting the hashtag to his 46 million worshippers.
Like Jesus turning water to wine, Twitter stripped Wojnarowski of his white privilege and turned him into a victim, LaAdrian Washington. Before his unpaid suspension is over, I fully expect to learn that MAGA-hatted bigots spray-painted a noose on Woj’s gated New Jersey mansion.
Sounds far fetched? Only if you fail to recognize Twitter’s control of journalists. Journalists criticized Hawley for sharing Woj’s “private” email. How is any communication originally sent to dozens of reporters deemed private? And why would anyone with a layman’s understanding of journalism think Wojnarowski’s response was defensible?
It’s the media’s addiction to Twitter. We now crowdsource our ethics, standards and guiding principles. The Twitter mob is America’s ombudsman.
Journalism is dead. It’s been sick for a long time. The widespread usage of the internet placed journalism on life support in the 1990s. Facebook and Twitter pulled the plug.
Big Tech killed the greatest human experiment, the United States of America. You can’t sustain freedom and fairness with mob crowdsourced ethics and standards. By definition, a mob is disorderly, riotous and lawless. A mob is unconcerned with truth.
The theory driving the importance of a “a free press” is that journalists will deliver truthful information to the public and the public will make good decisions based on that information.
Feed the public social media-friendly, clickbait narrative lies disguised as racial-justice truth and you provoke the kind of unrest currently sweeping this nation. Media black lies matter. They agitate old wounds, sow discord and distrust, undermine patriotism and prevent us from addressing real problems.
The annual murder of thousands of black men is a legitimate problem. Social media has us fixated on the annual murder of a half dozen. Black lies matter, especially when they’re used to conceal a political agenda detached from the advancement of freedom.
Journalists should not be political partisans. We’re supposed to be arbiters and discoverers of truth. Nothing in Sen. Hawley’s email should’ve triggered Wojnarowski. Nothing in Woj’s two-word rebuke should’ve triggered other journalists to support him.
Under the pretense of resisting the Trump presidency, journalists joined the mob and dropped their ethics. We became everything we accuse the president of being. Rude, emotional, arrogant, irrational, dishonest, vain, racist, elitist and obsessed with our social media feeds.
There is no lie we won’t tell in pursuit of smearing President Trump. The Resistance acts as religion, washing away the sins of its congregants and labeling non-believers as heathens unworthy of America’s kingdom.
But President Trump is merely a smokescreen, a beard justifying the mob’s dismantling of truth and destruction of freedom. The enemies of the American way use the Orange Man as bait for the abandonment of our founding values, principles and pillars —Jesus and Journalism, the belief in the liberating power of truth.
In rejecting those values, we also must reject and demonize the founders of this country. Their flaws nullify their truths, good works and all the documents they created that led to a level of freedom envied by the world. The revision of history and establishment of a new worldview requires an evisceration of the historymakers who valued religion and a search for truth above all else.
This is insanity. It’s insanity that can only be believed by those who reject the word of God.
The Bible is a collection of stories examining God’s relationship with flawed men and women. The Apostle Paul, the writer of the New Testament, was a violent religious radical. It took being struck blind by Jesus to get Paul to serve God. David murdered Bathsheba’s husband and then married her.
I could go on. We’re all flawed and a reflection of the times we live in. There are no perfect people among us today. Don’t confuse my public exploration and explanation of Christianity and its role in my worldview as some claim to the moral high ground. I’m as much a work in progress right now as I was when I wrote about frequenting strip clubs and the unbeaten record of Pussy Galore.
The difference between now and then is my level of understanding of how and why I think the way that I do. Seeds were planted in me years ago. I loved my grandmother more than any human being on this planet because she emoted a love of Jesus Christ that overwhelmed anyone in her presence. I fell in love with Journalism reading Mike Royko’s syndicated column. I couldn’t tell you Royko’s political point of view. He was fair and objective.
Twitter is driving America to turn its back on Mama Lovie and Mike Royko. Social media promotes the worship of celebrities, the distortion of truth in pursuit of political agenda and racial polarization.
America won’t survive this perversion.
Thomas Jefferson expressed it this way: “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”
Jesus Christ expressed it this way: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
This weekend I read Clay’s column about Wojnarowski. Clay referenced Outkick as a last bastion for free speech and independent thought. His column fired me up.
We want to defend truth and journalism. And maybe we’ll inspire you and others the way Royko once inspired me.
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