Ah, PolitiFact. What would a day reading the Commercial Appeal be without its bashing a Republican?
Today’s target is Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn. Because she is effective and well spoken she is disliked by most of the media. The headline reads: “Blckburn gets it wrong on medical device job losses” followed by a subhead “Exaggerates number employed in her district.” Right then you know there is no purpose in reading the article. It won’t be fair.
If today’s journalists examined Jesus’ words in PolitiFact manner, even he would get trounced. That struck me listening to today’s gospel reading from Mark. “To what shall we compare the kingdom of God…It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade,” Jesus said.
First, reporters would have questioned whether there is a kingdom of God. Wasn’t Jesus being politically incorrect? How did he know? What about people who don’t believe in God? He’s being insensitive to exclude them. That would be the first premise they would sow doubt about.
Then they’d ask if a mustard seed really is the smallest of seeds. What about a poppy seed? What about fungal spores? Jesus would rate a “mostly false” on that one. Similarly, the mustard doesn’t become the largest of plants. I’m sure there are bigger trees. Perhaps he should have said in his area. There’s an ugly anti diversity element in this analogy .
Large branches? Maybe. I’m sure they’d find some scientists to dispute that. What birds of the sky would dwell in its shade? Jesus may be going to the pants on fire on this one. All birds don’t like the shade (think penguin) do they?
No, Jesus would not have scored well on PolitiFact. Obviously even the best of politicians is not like Jesus. But I don’t think today’s journalists would be fair to him either.
Sadly, the people who write this stuff probably think they are being fair. The liberal media has its disciples. Best not to follow them.