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Excommunicating Pat Robertson

posted by awelborn

Terry Mattingly makes the case – in terms of the Journalist’s Rolodex, at least

Still, you have to ask: Are journalists missing good stories and ignoring solid sources because they remain fixated on this fading evangelical alpha male? These days, it’s hard to find evidence of Robertson’s clout in the public square. His influence was nowhere to be seen in the months leading up to the 2004 election, although he tried to create news.

Back up another four years. During the media storm following the 2000 election, the Ethics & Public Policy Center held a forum about the role religious faith played in that election (click here to see a transcript). Michael Barone of Fox News, during a conversation about the faith-based stories that journalists missed during the campaign, made the most interesting point.

One of the overlooked stories, he said, was the behind-the-scenes effort by Bush campaign insiders to keep the old lions of the Religious Right out of the news. This could not have been easy, seeing as how Jerry Falwell, Robertson and others crave camera time. But someone cut them out, or convinced them to stand down. In their place, new faces emerged — such as Rick Warren and Kirbyjon Caldwell.

Someone bluntly said: "I wonder who managed to get Pat Robertson to shut up?" Right, I replied. That task would have required a miracle worker.



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Matthew Mehan

posted September 15, 2005 at 7:36 pm


Terry Mattingly is not from the South then? Because if he were, he would never have written that Robertson is cloutless.
What is more, as annoying as Robertson is, do we really have such a small oxygen supply that other evangelicals have to choke him in order to breathe?
He has done a great deal of good as far as Christian media goes, so why does Mattingly get so impatient with what he takes to be a daft old grandfather? Doesn’t it seem odd to go after the old man, for his crazy statements? We ought not forget that projects like Terry’s may not have gotten off the ground in this American Christian rebirth if it weren’t for the old Dinosaurs who kept things going in the darker days. They’ll be extinct soon enough; we don’t have to euthanize them.



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Zhou

posted September 15, 2005 at 7:40 pm


Mr. Robertson is 75 years old.
He Christian Broadcasting Network is 45 years old.
And Mr. Mattingly writes, “it is time for journalists to drop Robertson from their lists of ‘usual suspects.’”
I don’t get it. Robertson practically started religious television in the US, in 1960, when Mr. Mattingly was 6 years old.
So now the young voice is tired of the old voice?
Seems like a waste of column.
Whatever.



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Joe

posted September 16, 2005 at 7:20 am


Terry Mattingly is a condescending embarrassment here. More people watch The 700 Club than even know who he is, and he thinks Robertson ought to shut up?
Sure he saws some dumb things. So did reagan, Clinton, and now Bush. So does Mother Angelica. Larger-than-life personalities in a media culture often do. The disdain of oh-so-sophisticated reporters notwithstanding. Mattingly wouldn’t have the platform he does if it were nto for the likes of Robertson and other forerunners.



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Joe

posted September 16, 2005 at 7:22 am


Terry Mattingly is a condescending embarrassment here. More people watch The 700 Club than even know who he is, and he thinks Robertson ought to shut up?
Sure he saws some dumb things. So did reagan, Clinton, and now Bush. So does Mother Angelica. Larger-than-life personalities in a media culture often do. The disdain of oh-so-sophisticated reporters notwithstanding. Mattingly wouldn’t have the platform he does if it were nto for the likes of Robertson and other forerunners.



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