Why Does the Press Keep Looking to Pat Robertson?

It’s like media rolodoxes are roach motels. Certain people, like Robertson, go into them and never come back out. They just keep getting cited as Authorities every time their brain farts.

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, July 31, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Two days after saying he found nothing sinful about sex-change operations, televangelist Pat Robertson said contraception is “a very important part of humanity” that would prevent the birth of too many Appalachian “ragamuffins.” He also said that Natural Family Planning violated the provisions of the Old Testament.

I suspect part of it is institutional inertia on the part of the media, as well as selling beer and shampoo. I also think there’s an obvious element of malice.

Fr. Robert Barron discusses:

  • Caine

    Overall, I think the man has increasing dinentia and should retire. Unfortunately the entire 700 club and all those jobs are dependent on him so he can’t without the whole thing collapsing. Such is the doom of an organization or church build on one man.

  • MichaelP71

    I thought they would have stopped listening to bim after 9/11. The media doesn’t get it.

    • jcb

      They get that they can rely on him to say strange things that get people to click on the story.

  • Ken Crawford

    Did he really just say that NFP was dependent on having sex during menstruation?

    • Rebecca Fuentes

      Implies it anyway. What do expect of someone who doesn’t even distinguish between NFP and rhythm? He doesn’t exactly get the Well-Informed Award.

  • Rebecca Fuentes

    Don’t you just love the automatic assumption that the poor’s problem is their kids? If people can’t afford a clean, safe place to raise their children, or decent food for their children, or appropriate clothing for them, the problem, obviously, must be that they HAVE children in the first place. Therefore, those poor people must contracept to prevent future children. I have no idea what conditions for the poor are like in Appalachia, but my husband grew up as one of 12 in a family of migrant farm workers. It’s amazing, but just making sure that all his siblings graduated from high school gave them opportunities their parents didn’t have.

  • Mark S. (not for Shea)

    Robertson has always been a bit of a clown, but the more he gets up in years, the clownier he gets. As the Brits would say, he’s a nutter.

    For me, he’s kind of the evangelical Glenn Beck. Incredibly entertaining just to wait and see what bit of crazy he’s going to sput next.

  • PalaceGuard

    The man is the Carl Rove of Protestantism.

  • http://www.likelierthings.com/ Jon W

    “That’s the big problem, especially in Appalachia. They don’t know about birth control. They just keep having babies…. You see a string of all these little ragamuffins, and not enough food to eat and so on,” he said, “and it’s desperate poverty.”

    Frankly, I don’t know why Melinda Gates doesn’t put him on her Africa speaking tour. This is 100% orthodox Humanist Social Teaching.

  • Dr. Eric

    “But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death.” -Deuteronomy 18:20

    “They were under the heel of the French, you know Napoleon the third and whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said ‘We will serve you if you will get us free from the prince.’ True story. And so the devil said, ‘Ok it’s a deal.’ And they kicked the French out. The Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since they have been cursed by one thing after another.” — Pat Robertson, The 700 Club, January 13, 2010, discussing the 12 Jan 2010 7.0 earthquake in Haiti [12]

    Pat Robertson: He’s going to have a second term. He’s going to win. Romney will win the election.
    Benny Hinn: You believe that.
    Pat Robertson: I absolutely believe that.
    Benny Hinn: What makes you believe that?
    Pat Robertson: Cause the Lord told me.
    This Is Your Day, 31 October 2012, 10:47, quoted in Tashman, Brian (9 May 2013), “Pat Robertson, Who Said ‘The Lord Told Me’ that ‘Romney Will Win,’ Urges Viewers to Beware False Prophets”, Right Wing Watch
    Regarding 2012 US presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

    Uh Oh! Good thing most of the laws of Deuteronomy aren’t followed any more.

  • David Elton

    Agree there’s an “obvious element of malice” in this. They can’t resist knocking the old boy. Like kicking a puppy.

  • Joe

    The 700 Club still exists?!

  • http://ontheotherfoot.blogspot.com/ Joel

    I wanna see context. I have never, literally never, seen the media quote Robertson accurately. Which is why they keep running to him; because he’s so easy to make look stupid and evil.

  • Sean OKane

    Mark S. captures the essence of Pat Robertson. The man is a clown, a dim wit. The more one learns about him the less there is to like.

  • Sven2547

    So the media is maliciously anti-Christian because they give this Christian too much airtime.

    Some people just see malevolent conspiracies everywhere they look.

    • http://www.likelierthings.com/ Jon W

      Do you seriously not get the point?


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