Here’s the latest from the crossroads of faith, media & culture: 03/26/21
Giving credit where credit is due. As we approach Passover, the Jewish holy period commemorating God’s liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, by extension we recall the history of the Jewish people including the attempted genocide against them in the last century. This generation, like our forebears, finds itself challenged to stand up to a rising and intimidating world power that mounting evidence suggests is targeting a minority population.
Recently, the Netherlands joined the US and Canada in declaring that the Chinese Government is in the midst of committing genocide against the Uyghurs and other ethnic minority groups of East Turkistan. If the world’s promise after World War II of “Never Again” is to mean anything, now is the time speak up about atrocities that are happening right now.
Salih Hudayar, Prime Minister of the East Turkistan Government in Exile, says America’s sanctions in response to the Uyghur Genocide are hurting China but are not enough. He’s calling on the U.S. to “take meaningful action to end the genocide of Uyghurs by bringing East Turkistan to the agenda of the UN Security Council, prosecuting China’s diplomats under US Code Section 1091, increasing tariffs, applying more sanctions, boycotting the Beijing 2022 Olympics, and recognizing East Turkistan as a Captive Nation.”
Meanwhile, the media seems to be finally coming around on the issue – with CNN, frankly flying in the face of the in-China’s-pocket narrative I have presented about the network (and the media in general), airing the report below earlier this week. For the record, I’m glad to see my narrative regarding the globalist media’s relationship with China popped. I hope it happens more often.
After that report aired, CNN gave China’s ambassador the U.S. the opportunity to respond.
IMHO: It’s good to see that actual journalism still has a pulse at my former employer. And, to be fair, it’s not the first time the network has covered the issue. The problem is that, under the reign of a clearly partisan Jeff Zucker, such occasional forays into real reporting by real journalists are more than overshadowed by a daily lineup of cartoonish anchors with over-the-top biases that have to seen to be believed. My suggestion for CNN as it enters the coming post-Zucker period is more the above and less of this and this.
Just in time for Holy Week. Earlier this week, I presented a two-part interview with Roma Downey that began by focusing on Resurrection, the epic movie she and her husband Mark Burnett produced about (along with Christmas) the most important event on the Christian calendar. The film debuts tomorrow on Discovery+. If you enjoyed Downey’s and Burnett’s presentations of The Bible, Son of God and A.D., there’s a very good chance you’ll also like Resurrection.
Encourage one another and build each other up – 1 Thessalonians 5:11