Jerry Falwell, gay-rights activist?

My Scripps Howard News Service column is out and it’s about the story behind an odd little news story involving a new gay-rights activist named Jerry Falwell. Does anyone have any theories as to why this story did not get more MSM attention (other than the fact that Falwell is as far from the limelight these days as Pat Robertson should be)? Just curious.

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Terry Mattingly directs the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He writes a weekly column for the Universal Syndicate.

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  • tmatt

    You bet. TONS of reasons to be wary.

    In this case, the remarks were on national TV. I was interested in the follow-up because of the link to White. It was a chance to add another chapter to that story.

    Also, the Soulforce story is going to hit us again — one way or another — this spring. That will be a challenge for me to cover, since I work for the CCCU. (Readers, see for more information on that topic.)

  • Stephen A.

    We may have “been there, done that” but the media has definitely ignored this story, maybe because it really is a complex one.

    No, gay rights people may very well not be totally satisfied with him yet, but to have him change his rhetoric like this – and perhaps some core beliefs about the issue, too – is kind of remarkable, regardless of how one feels about the change. That’s a news story.

  • jay grelen

    The answer is simple, Terry. The story is a victim of your vast influence. The MSM was taking the advice you offered in your Poynter column. MSM reporters, as you suggested they do, are ignoring the Old Guard evangelical spokesmen, even when they change what they are saying.

  • tmatt



    This was BEFORE the Poynter piece. ;-)

    Also, Falwell was already ON MSNBC when he said this. This already falls into the old Alpha Male on TV syndrome.

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