• This Just In…

    In network news: Fox reporter Lauren Green is an imbecile.

    For those of you who have never had the opportunity to experience the Lauren Green Nitwit Express, let me provide some background to support my claim.

    About a week ago, Green, a FoxNews.com reporter, was given the task of interviewing religious scholar Reza Aslan, who was appearing on air to promote his new book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.”

    As an authority on the subject, Aslan is a religious academic scholar with a PhD and several degrees. But none of that mattered to Green.

    Evidently, the fact that Aslan was a Muslim writing a book about Jesus was simply overwhelming for Green. She could not grasp why a Muslim would write a book about Jesus. It was just too much for her little biased mind to process.

    So what did she do?

    She pestered Aslan incessantly about his Muslim heritage, insisting that it was the most important aspect of his credential. The degrees? Unimportant. The PhD? Who cares? The fact that he is one of the most respected religious academics on our planet? Whatever! He’s a Muslim! That fact alone made his book suspect and his opinion invalid.

    To watch Green continue to go back to the Muslim card was uncomfortable, unprofessional and rude. Despite Aslan’s polite insistence that he wasn’t simply a Muslim with an agenda but rather an academic, Green simply prattled on like a broken record.

    “You’re a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?”

    Stunned but polite, Aslan answered.

    “Well, to be clear, I am a scholar of religions with four degrees, including one in the New Testament and fluency in Biblical Greek who has been studying the origins of Christianity for two decades who also just happens to be a Muslim.”

    Nope. Not good enough for Green. As far as she was concerned, Aslan was just another turban-wearing, fanatic Muslim hell bent on discrediting Jesus and the religion of her mostly Bible thumping audience.

    To Aslan’s credit, he handled the mentally inferior Green with a fair, firm and polite hand. He never lost his cool nor did he say anything to escalate the conversation into new realms of stupidity. He simply restated his qualifications several times and rebutted all of Green’s false, baseless and inflammatory assertions.

    Now is Lauren Green the only one to blame here? Of course not. This is Fox we’re talking about. Green is nothing more than a puppet being manipulated by the spin machine that Rupert Murdoch controls. She’s a pie hole that emits sound. Someone higher up was in her ear piece telling her exactly what to say. To think Green has the wits to conduct her own interview without guidance would be a gross overestimation of her ability. In her defense, I don’t think Aslan’s book had a lot of pictures, so it’s doubtful she read it before the interview.

    In other matters of public opinion: According to a recent Pew Research Center poll, members of the military, teachers and doctors get the highest ratings as professionals who contribute “a lot” to society’s well-being. Not surprisingly, lawyers rank at the bottom of societal contributors.

    Sadly and perhaps not surprisingly, journalists also rank among the lowest – only 10 points above the aforementioned lawyers.

    I don’t think it’s a stretch at all to assume the drop in the perceived worth of journalists is very much the result of people like Lauren Green and the rest of Rupert Murdoch’s spin masters. One could also place blame at the feet of those network producers and newspaper editors who chase stories with sensationalized entertainment value instead of more important topics.

    There was a time when journalists were revered. In the mid 1990s, CBS anchor Walter Cronkite was called the most trusted man in America. But that was before our attention spans disappeared and networks became hungry for ratings and advertisers turned to a slimy and often biased brand of tabloid reporting.

    It’s been a steep fall from Kronkite’s reputation to being regarded just slightly more tolerable than Gloria Allred.

    That said, it’s important to remember one fact of economics: These kinds of stories and reporting would not exist if there wasn’t a market for it. So… blame also lies with the general public. We all get to point our fingers at one another as we stew in this steamy cesspool known as the mainstream media. I’m reminded of the old saying, “Whenever you point a finger there are four pointing back at you.”

    Those who watch, read and consume the baby food that Fox and other entities like it produce only guarantee that more of the same will be delivered, with even greater frequency, by journalists with even less integrity.

    For this week, I’m over and out.

      • Jesse

      • August 2, 2013 at 11:59 am
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      GARY, great read. I seem to remember a time when there were laws regulating fairness and they were done away with under Reagan.

      • Thanks! I think news entities without a sense of balance ought to come with a warning label, much like cigarettes. The warning should advise viewers/readers that content is subjective and not meant to reflect an accurate delivery of information.

      • Mr Floyd

      • August 2, 2013 at 12:08 pm
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      THe moment the Vietnam war brought us an “honest” depiction of the war, is virtually the same moment someone used the media to influence and promote their agenda. Today, we consume so the media does whatever it needs to boost ratings (under the horsehit premise of “real news”). My take. It’s all horse poop and Mr. Huerta…you are a master of chronicling the poop!

      • Mr Floyd

      • August 2, 2013 at 1:01 pm
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      Barnum and Bailey would be proud!

      • Mr Floyd

      • August 2, 2013 at 1:02 pm
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      FILE UNDER “But I digress” psst…GH…this current group of guys just might need some keyboards…updates to follow

    • I saw that interview… I attributed that disaster to Green’s thick-headed stupidity, but you’re right. There were surely producers in her ear, screaming at her to get Aslan to admit to being a radical Muslim out to destroy Christianity and ‘Murica. Aslan’s composure was amazing. Great column.

      • Aslan later said he was prepared for her line of questioning because two days before FOX had done a “book review” on him saying pretty much the same thing, that his creds didn’t matter because he was Muslim. So Green was certainly not on her own with this. Undoubtedly the producers were the ones with the actual agenda by having him on her show.

    • I saw him on the Daily Show and it was funny and sincere and John Oliver asked him why he wrote about Jesus and he explained. Very well directed interview even for a liberal comedy news show. So insightful it caught my attention. Thanks for writing about this idiot Green. She should be so embarrassed and ashamed.

      • Maya North

      • August 2, 2013 at 9:28 pm
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      There are times when I am embarrassed I come from the same culture as women like Green. Oh, wait. No I don’t. I come from an academic family; we’re educated and largely intelligent. Never mind.

      • I come from a very conservative, religious, Southern family, but my family isn’t racist or bigoted in any way. People like this are not in anyway representative of real Christian/American values.

    • “In her defense, I don’t think Aslan’s book had a lot of pictures, so it’s doubtful she read it before the interview.”
      Part of her line of questioning claimed that he was “hiding” the fact that he was Muslim and therefore had a secret agenda. He then pointed out that on page 2 of his book he states that he is a Muslim. So even if she tried to read it, she didn’t get past page 1 lol

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