Christian Blogger Hammers Todd Starnes

Todd Starnes is the always ridiculous and hysterical Fox News “reporter” who constantly peddles lies and exaggerations to convince people that Christians are terribly persecuted in this country. Alan Noble, one of the Christian bloggers at Patheos, rips him for exactly that:

The media is filled with lies and liars. We all know this, so there’s no need for us to point out every lie told online. But some lies and some liars need to be called out. And when a liar identifies with my community–conservative evangelicals–and tells lies to my community repeatedly and without apology, influencing hundreds of thousands of people, that needs to be addressed.

Last week, Todd Starnes at FOX News published two articles on anti-Christian discrimination at Veterans Administrations hospitals this Christmas season. In both reports, Starnes lies and tactfully omits facts in order to deceive his audience, creating the impression that the government is at war with Christmas.

Starnes is a FOX News radio host, columnist, author, and a frequent guest on FOX and Friends. But he’s best known for his articles on FOXNews.com, where he reports on the culture wars, focusing on how Christians in the US are under persecution by the State or atheists or the homosexual agenda. As you can imagine, this theme is very popular with readers. His Facebook Page has over 112k followers and his articles regularly receive more than 10k Facebook interactions. In fact, his piece last week on banned Christmas cards has over 24k likes, so far. Additionally, Starnes is cited and shared by notable Christian figures. When Starnes reports on an event, he will influence the way a lot of people think.

To complicate matters, Starnes is an extremely outspoken Christian. His faith is an essential part of his public image. Each morning he tweets out a verse from the Bible, and he regularly comments on issues from a distinctly Christian perspective. He is a Christian reporting to Christians about persecution against Christians.

Starnes’s wide influence on evangelicals is alarming because he consistently deceives and manipulates facts in order to exaggerate or fabricate incidences of Christian persecution. These reports influence a great deal of people who often respond with hatred, anger, and disgust out of ignorance.

Which is, of course, exactly why Starnes does it.

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  • colnago80

    Sounds like Starnes is a candidate for the Josef Goebbels award for lying.

  • peterh

    No victim like a self-appointed victim.

  • barry21

    @#1 – Goebbels lied in order to facilitate the conquest of Europe and the annihilation of all sorts of people. Starnes lies to whip xtians into a lather. I think it’s wise to ease off of the Nazi comparison.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Starnes lies and tactfully omits facts

    Sounds like someone doesn’t know the correct use of “tactfully” in that sentence. Did he perhaps mean “tacitly”?

    Not that I particularly care but when I see mistakes like that I often assume that the writer is trying to write the way they think a smarter person would.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Sounds like Starnes is a candidate for the Josef Goebbels award for lying

    Always with the absurd false equivalences.

    In your case, if I were you, I’d avoid casting aspersions on other people’s intellectual integrity. I don’t think you would recognize it if 1.5 megatons of it were sitting on your chest.

  • raven

    @#1 – Goebbels lied in order to facilitate the conquest of Europe and the annihilation of all sorts of people. Starnes lies to whip xtians into a lather. I think it’s wise to ease off of the Nazi comparison.

    This is wrong.

    The methods are exactly the same. The Big Lie.

    The goals aren’t so different either. Starnes is a theocrat who wants to overthrow the US government and set up a theocracy. It’s estimated that under US biblical law, 297 million people would be stoned to death. Goebbels et al. only killed about 30 million.

    What separates Goebbels from Starnes is real simple. One had power while the other has Fox News. So far anyway.

  • http://ahcuah.wordpress.com/ ahcuah

    @4: I figured the word he wanted was “tactically”. That is, it is part of his tactics to mislead.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    What’s really outrageous is not so much that Starnes lies, but that his lies are so transparent and obvious that any other news organization would have bounced him years ago.

  • skinnercitycyclist

    I go with “tactically” as well.

    It seems to me that if we have a “Bryan Fisher Award” for projection, we can have a “Josef Goebbels award for lying.” If Fisher is the standard against which all other projection is measured, I think we can assign a Goebels award fro lying on the same basis without necessarily implying full-Godwin.

  • barry21

    @Raven – There are all sorts of liars telling all sorts of lies.

    Starnes is a professional victim. Goebbels was the mouthpiece for industrialized murder.

    Both liars? Sure. But it takes a lot more than that to merit comparison to a Nazi.

  • caseloweraz

    From Noble’s column: Not content to allow his sensationalistic story incite anti-government hatred, he took to Twitter and claimed, “Our forefathers took up arms over tyranny like this…

    I think this would be a good time for Todd Starnes and his buds to gather at Valley Forge and demonstrate their dedication to freedom and solidarity with the army of George Washington.

    I’ll be generous and allow them boots and greatcoats.

  • colnago80

    Re the Pennsylvania poopyhead @ #5 & barry21 @ #3

    Goebbels said, “If one is going to tell a lie, make it a big one, tell it loudly and tell it ofter and eventually it will be believed.” Seems to me that that quote applies to Starnes here.

  • peterh

    One might easily say Starnes calculatingly omitted facts. Or omitted crucial, pertinent facts. More easily still, “He talks like an idiot.”

  • D. C. Sessions

    So what we have here is Noble proving Starnes correct by persecuting him.