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.