Fox News, always "Fair and Balanced," outdid itself
Sunday when Fox commentator Brit Hume took the
greatest golfer in the world to task for his marital infidelity
and told him to get right with god before it's too late.
Baptist minister Welton Gaddy took Brit Hume to task
on the pages of The Washington Post. See the whole
column at http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/panelists/c_welton_gaddy/2010/01/religion_on_fox_news_analyst_or_televangelist.html
The picture on the television screen and the audio of reporter Brit Hume's words struck me as contradictory. Just below the image of the reporter's face, the insignia "Fox News" appeared in three different places. Yet, the content of Mr. Hume's comments was not that of a news reporter so much as that of a televangelist.
Speaking about Tiger Woods on "Fox News Sunday" January 3, 2010, Mr. Hume observed that Mr. Woods' recovery "depends on his faith." Was that a personal opinion of the reporter, a theological belief, or a "breaking news" story? After telling his audience that Mr. Woods is a Buddhist, Hume said, "I don't think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is (sic) offered by the Christian faith." Evidently the reporter has expertise in both Buddhist and Christian thought. With such self-assumed authority, Hume addressed Woods personally, "Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world."
Having served as a Christian minister for 50 years, I am delighted to see my faith discussed in public. However, I am not pleased to see my faith used in a utilitarian manner whether the issue is personal forgiveness or national politics.