Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series examining the media silence regarding Christian persecution.
If there was a significant group of people who were subjected to the cruelest persecution being seen in the world today, wouldn’t you want to know about it? And wouldn’t this issue receive substantial news coverage?
Of course, it would and should. Regrettably, the American establishment media has all but closed its collective eyes to the appalling and gruesome reality of Christian genocide — and this is not an exaggeration.
Persecution has been a persistent and pernicious evil inflicted on Christians since Biblical times. Sadly, it has not abated twenty-plus centuries later. In many countries around the world today, thousands of Christians are victims of beheadings, forced homelessness and just about every act of cruelty one can conceive of in between. What is most unnerving about this issue is the fact that many in the western world are entirely ignorant of this horrific situation affecting thousands, if not millions, of innocent people.
Right now, Christians are experiencing widespread genocide. It is happening every single day. Genocide is typically not a word used by the establishment media to describe the conditions Christians face, but it is a shocking reality nonetheless.
Earlier this year, Liberty Nation reported about a study clearly showing Christians as the most persecuted religious group of people on the planet – with over ninety thousand followers of Jesus Christ murdered in 2016. Not only has that trend moved upward in the last four years, but the report does not reveal any signs of this situation abating any time soon.
In many predominantly Islamic nations, Christians are treated as second-class citizens and subject to imprisonment, execution, and loss of property, solely because of their faith. And it seems the establishment media in the western world has chosen to be mum on the entire subject. This sin of omission has consequences – not only for those persecuted but for civil societies who believe themselves to be benevolent and altruistic when in fact, they are unaware of the violence inflicted upon Christians daily in cities, countries, and continents across the globe.
As one of the most influential leaders in the conservative movement in America, Brent Bozell has many roles – that of businessman, author, columnist, and activist – but above all Mr. Bozell is a confessing Christian. In 1987, he started the Media Research Center, which is the largest media watchdog organization in the United States. Recently, the MRC released a special report entitled “Shameful Silence: ABC, CBS, And NBC Have Ignored Christian Genocide” which details media bias in its coverage of persecuted Christians worldwide. Liberty Nation recently spoke with Mr. Bozell to discuss an issue that is near to his heart, as it should be to anyone who believes themselves to be moral in any sense of the word.
LN: How is the media showing bias regarding Christian Genocide?
Brent: Well, there are two types of media bias: bias by commission and bias by omission. Bias by commission is when the media reports on a news story in a way that promotes a particular agenda. Bias by omission is when the media ignores an important news story because it does not fit into their narrative. Bias by omission is more serious because it deprives Americans of the information they need.
LN: Why doesn’t the media report on the Christians in the Middle East who are being victimized by this genocide?
Brent: There are two main reasons why the media does not cover Christian persecution. The first reason deals with technology. Most major American news outlets are not able to put the necessary boots on the ground to adequately report on these stories. Most of the stories they do focus on emerge from other sources. Also, much of the footage that would be collected when reporting on these situations would be unsuitable for American audiences.
The second reason is philosophical. The media has a political agenda. Why is it that there is nonstop press coverage when President Trump tries to stop radical Islamists from entering the country? If the media shows how badly Christians are treated by radical Islamic terrorists, it will be harder to argue against Trump’s travel ban.
LN: What can the public do to create more awareness of Christian genocide?
Brent: Well, you can do your own investigative reporting if you’re able to. You can also relay other investigative reports. There are plenty of groups out there that report on the treatment of Christians in these countries. Besides that, people also have the footage from the reporting that was shown on 60 Minutes and Nightline. These are some of the few American outlets that have covered the issue. Also, the Christian and Jewish groups who report on the treatment of Christians in these countries should be more vocal in insisting that the media put more resources into exposing the genocide.
LN: Why are Christian groups not being more vocal about the plight of Christians in these countries?
Brent: Many of them are afraid of blowback from the media. They are concerned that it could somehow have negative consequences. Anti-Christian bigotry in the media has now become acceptable. But, if overtures are made to the media by Christian groups — and nothing is done — it shows that the media has a clear agenda in their reporting.
The media’s refusal to report on Christian genocide in a meaningful way should be alarming to all. They would rather propagate their leftist narrative of bigotry and Islamophobia than report on the tragic treatment of Christians worldwide. They are more preoccupied with attacking President Trump than focusing on people who are truly suffering.
We must not allow the media to ignore these stories just because they do not fit into their agenda. Christian groups should push the media to provide accurate coverage of these events. As Mr. Bozell says, if the media is not willing to inform the American public about the plight of Christians around the world, others need to be prepared to inform as many people as possible. After all, if we do not stand up for them, who will?
Tomorrow, Part 2 of our series on Christian Genocide as Liberty Nation digs deeper into the anti-Christian slant of the American media.