Something you notice when you follow Fox News’ Todd Starnes is that he’s always very quick to write about a particular story. And there’s a simple reason for that: He puts out his side of the story (the Christian Persecution version) before the other side even knows what the hell is going on.
By the time they’ve corrected the misinformation or even offered their perspective, it’s too late. The bullshit has spread everywhere.
Starnes knows this perfectly well. A real journalist would give the other side a fair amount of time to respond before moving forward with a story. But Starnes isn’t a real journalist.
That explains why he was so eager to complain about Disney when he received an email about a girl named Lilly… without waiting to hear their side of the story:
Now, Lilly loves the Disney Channel — and as she was browsing the channel’s website she noticed a question. The Disney Channel wanted to know what she was thankful for. So Lilly typed in her answer.
“God, my family, my church and my friends,” the 10-year-old wrote.
Lilly pressed the return key and waited for her answer to appear on the website. But her response did not appear. Instead, a message written in red popped up on the screen.
“Please be nice!” the message read.
Sure enough, when they removed the word “God” from the post — the Disney Channel approved Lilly’s message.
I do wonder what sort of message the Disney Channel is sending when they tell children that mentioning God in public is bad manners.
Again, a real journalist would’ve contacted Disney to ask why that happened and waited at least a little while for a response, especially since their response is so important here.
Hell, even a shitty journalist would have at least acknowledged the possibility there was just an over-aggressive filter on the website.
Starnes never considered that option. He jumped right to Disney hates God.
And wouldn’t you know it, a day later, Disney issued a statement that was quietly appended to Starnes’ article:
“Disney employs word filtering technology to prevent profanity from appearing on our websites. Unfortunately, because so many people attempt to abuse the system and use the word “God” in conjunction with profanity, in an abundance of caution our system is forced to catch and prevent any use of the word on our websites. The company would have been happy to explain our filtering technology to the inquiring family had they contacted us.”
So it was essentially a filter issue. There’s certainly no anti-Christian conspiracy. And Starnes doesn’t give a shit because he’s not in the business of providing accurate stories. His job is simply to tell Christians exactly what they want to hear without providing honest information that might change their mind. Kind of like church.
That statement from Disney was released, by the way, right before Fox News Channel interviewed the girl and her mother on air… and when the host asked for their reaction to the statement, the mother stumbled through a pathetic explanation that was along the lines of, I guess that makes sense… but still!
Starnes hasn’t issued an apology for jumping to conclusions… again.
Not that anyone’s expecting him to.