The Fox News response to the recent Plan B ruling provides a graphic example of how the channel uses “fair and balanced” reporting to creates false perceptions. A press release issued by the conservative Family Research Council uses misdirection to attain the same goal. Anyone who wants to understand why the U.S. is so divided need look no farther than these two pieces of political communication disguised as reporting.
Someone such as James Dobson can even rationalise his dissembling via the Bible: there are figures in the Bible who lied to protect someone.
During the Iran-Contra affair, televangelists were rationalising disinformation disseminated by Oliver North and others by saying they were lying for a greater purpose; “lies are the bodyguard of truth”, said Churchill. Difference is, Churchill was a politician, the religious are expected to possess a higher morality than politicians.
One has to almost admire the FRC’s ability to be smarter than they appear to be. When they promote abstinence they are technically correct: who could argue that abstinence is the moral high ground? However adolescents aren’t automatons, and they can’t take cold showers all day long—or ingest saltpeter and paroxetine. The older members of FRC know this because they have been around long enough to have weighed all the factors (as you know from having attended brainstorming meetings, every angle is eventually studied).
Thus another demerit for the FRC is their lowballing their awareness of the issues involved; pretending they think abstinence is an answer/The answer.
No wonder they are so well-off. When a televangelist was asked in the ‘80s why he liked money so much, he replied,