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Joy Behar Insists: ‘Jesus Would Have Made the Cake’

Joy Behar may not understand the ins and outs of the legal battles surrounding gay wedding cakes, but she certainly claimed to know how Jesus would handle such situations.

On Friday, the co-hosts of The View welcomed Colorado baker Jack Phillips and Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Kristen Waggoner to discuss their case, which the Supreme Court will hear next term.

When Charles Craig and David Mullins sought to purchase a custom cake for their wedding, Phillips respectfully declined to bake it. In addition to Halloween, adult-themed and anti-American creations, the faithful Christian also made it a personal policy to avoid baking for gay weddings. That conscientious decision landed him in hot water.

For the attorneys representing the gay couple, discrimination stands at the center of the case. But as Waggoner told the ladies of The View, freedom of expression is the real issue at stake.

“The same laws that force Jack to design custom expression will force you to speak messages that you don't want to speak,” Waggoner told Behar.

That argument didn’t really sink in. When several hosts continued to press the point of “judgment,” Phillips explained himself.

“I'm not judging these two gay men that came in,” he clarified. “I'm just trying to preserve my right as an artist to decide which artistic endeavors I'm going to do and which ones I'm not.”

“Did you ever ask yourself what would Jesus do in this particular situation?” Paula Faris asked Phillips. “Instead of denying them, do you think maybe Jesus would have said I don't accept this but I'm going to love you anyways?”

When the baker responded that he did not think Jesus would have made the cake because it contradicted his teaching, Behar cut in: “You don’t? Oh come on. Jesus would have made the cake.”

As Phillips tried to explain himself, Behar continued to insist loudly: “Jesus, that’s a deal breaker. Jesus is going to make the cake.”

Even while facing a barrage of other questions from the co-hosts, the soft-spoken baker stuck to his message.

“I serve everybody all the time,” he stressed. “But I don't make every cake for every event.”

Waggoner tried to put the case in perspective, using the language of “dignity.”

“Have Jack talk about what it means for him to bake that cake and to violate his conscience and the dignity harm he has had to sustain as a result,” she challenged. “As well as what he goes through when he makes the cake. It's a canvas he's painting on. His heart and soul is going into that.”

If the government can mandate artistic expression, Waggoner stressed, “the state could crush every single one of us.” That applies to the fashion designers who have stated they will not dress the Trump family, as well as the florists, photographers and bakers like Phillips who have conscientiously declined to lend their services to gay weddings. 

Nets Ignore Seventeen Dead Bodies Found in Terror-Stricken Filipino Town

On Wednesday, Filipino soldiers discovered seventeen disfigured bodies of civilians – five of them reportedly decapitated --the latest in a string of casualties in the embattled town of Marawi. But the big three network news shows didn’t report the news; in fact, although the ISIS-inspired terrorism gripping Marawi – and targeted especially at Christians – began five weeks ago, the network news shows have spent a total of only 25 seconds on the ongoing conflict there.

While the number of Marawi’s Maute militants, members of a group loyal to ISIS, have been reduced to less than 200, their acts of violence are vicious as ever.

“The recovered cadavers are believed to be among those civilians who were helplessly murdered by the Maute and Abu Sayyaf terrorists,” a Filipino Army leader reported, according to The New York Times. “This is a manifestation of their brutality. They killed these innocent civilians in cold blood.”

Since May 23, 44 civilians as well as 71 soldiers and police officers have died. Nearly 250,000 have fled the city.

The Maute group also captured a Catholic priest and dozens of others one month ago. While Filipino forces struggle to gain control of Marawi, they remain hostages – some forced to convert to Islam or married off as sex slaves.

But the news is not all bad. As a ray of hope in an otherwise bleak situation, sympathetic Muslims have housed Christians, disguised them in hijabs and risked their own safety to hide them.

According to The Manila Times, the Maute terrorists expressed the distinct intent to murder non-Muslims in an attempt to establish an Islamic Caliphate on the island of Mindanao.

The targeting of Christians and the alarming spread of ISIS and its allegiants to other regions of the globe beyond the Middle East is deserving of broader news coverage, but more than five weeks after the crisis began, the big three networks aren’t delivering.

‘Nightline’ Features ‘Anti-Abortion Cause Celeb’ Maddi Runkles

It's been a tumultuous year for Maddi Runkles, the pregnant Christian teen who became a news sensation when her high school wouldn't let her walk at graduation. On Friday, ABC Nightline highlighted Runkles' story which culminated in a special commencement ceremony arranged by her pastor and family.

In the June 30 segment, footage showed Runkles at the podium, clad in a white graduation gown with tears in her eyes. "I want to thank every single person here," she declared emotionally. "If it wasn’t for you, I don’t think I would have been able to make it.”

The expectant mother -- interviewed by CBS, NBC, Fox and most recently, ABC Nightline -- has had her fair share of the spotlight over the past couple of months. But despite the media's pro-abortion slant, the networks have been supportive of Runkles and respectful of the pro-life movement.

Devoting 8.5 minutes to an in-depth look at Runkles' story, ABC highlighted the fact that Heritage Academy's reaction to the teen’s pregnancy could incentivize other girls to abort rather than carry their babies to term.

"If I were another girl watching someone like me go through this," Runkles weighed in, "I think I would just run away and hide and cover up what I did and choose an abortion."

And she almost did. When the teen discovered she was pregnant back in January, she first considered abortion, fearful that her "reputation would be ruined." But after Runkles apologized to school officials and made the courageous choice to keep her baby, Heritage Academy did not show the compassion she had expected. Instead, among other punishments, a discussion of her missteps was the focus of an all-school assembly – a decision some felt was out of line.

Feeling rejected by many at her school, Runkles turned to the pro-life movement, which welcomed her with open arms.

“She has become a cause celeb in the anti-abortion community,” ABC’s David Wright reported, noting that many pro-life activists have been “sharply critical of Heritage Academy's response to her situation.”

Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins is one of those who has censured Heritage for “shaming” Runkles.

“This is a question a lot of Christian schools have to grapple with,” she acknowledged, “holding our students to high standards, expecting them to live a life of chastity before marriage.”

“But then also,” she continued, “how do we love those who become pregnant?”

At St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Bowlsburg, PA, pregnant student Liz McNitt was celebrated for keeping her child and was even elected commencement speaker for her courage. Her counselor was supportive, and teachers thanked her for her pro-life decision.

Hawkins takes the same approach.

For the activist, honoring Runkles’ courage and celebrating her choice to keep her baby was paramount. So the Students for Life president awarded the teen a college scholarship, and stood proudly by her side in front of cameras in newsrooms and behind podiums at rallies.

ABC Nightline featured MRC Culture’s footage from the #SockIt2PP rally, where Runkles gave a tearful speech about her inspiring story. Although the network did not feature the whole context of Runkles’ words, the teen criticized Planned Parenthood for its disempowering message that women “can’t do it.”

But the army of friends and strangers who have rallied around Runkles proves that with support, women can do it.

Friends and strangers have sent the teen baby clothes, books and supplies, and her graduation party doubled as a baby shower.

“I know what I did was not what I was supposed to do to get into the situation,” Runkles stressed, “but keeping the baby is definitely not a mistake. It was the right thing.”

Scott Runkles, Maddi’s father, expected that his daughter would marry a “good Christian young man” and have children at some point down the road, but despite the unexpected shift in plans, he’s thrilled to meet his future grandson Grayson.

“I can't wait to see this little boy,” he choked up, “to be able to hold him.”

Maddi’s equally excited.

“I know it’s going to be really hard to still accomplish all my goals and all my dreams,” she told the crowd assembled at the #SockIt2PP Rally. “But I get to have a little guy following right next to me and we get to do it together.”

Whoopi Goldberg Seems to Imply Catholic Docs Will Perform Abortions

Discrimination or religious liberty? That was what ABC’s The View was trying to decide about an upcoming Supreme Court case involving a Christian baker’s refusal to participate in gay weddings. The debate resulted in a comment that was strange even for The View.

The Supreme Court revealed it will hear, next term, the case of Colorado baker Jack Phillips. He has refused to make a special wedding cake, exercising his own 1st Amendment rights. On today, things got heated as the co-hosts discussed their opinions in advance of their June 30 interview with the cake creator.

“Your religious freedom allows you to say I'm uncomfortable with this. It does not allow you to discriminate because it used to be -- you know, this goes to this idea that there's this war on religion,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg opined. “There's no war on Christianity or religion because you get to believe what you want to believe.”

But co-host Sunny Hostin pushed back, approaching the issue with a legal mindset.

“I'm on the fence on this because freedom of religion is your constitutional right,” she stressed, “and I wonder what happens if you're a catholic OB-GYN and someone wants to come to you for an abortion, are you forced to perform that service?”

“I don’t think most doctors will say I won’t do this for religious reasons,” Goldberg responded.

But Hostin didn’t let Goldberg get away with the astonishing claim.

“I know many, many, many catholic OB-GYNs that won’t perform abortions,” she interjected. “That is their right.”

Ultimately, the co-hosts argued over whether the case would be clearer if Phillips had published a list of messages and events for which he chose not to bake.

Co-host Sara Haines noted her view that “my dollar is my power,” adding that such a list would empower consumers to discriminate between the businesses they chose to patronize.

“I think it's important he advertises,” she stressed, “because he won't bake a cake for my [gay] brother's wedding then I don't want to give him any of my money.”

“One quick thing,” Jedediah Bila clarified. “He also, because of his religious beliefs, doesn't make adult-themed cakes, doesn't give Halloween cakes out.”

Bila also added that serving gay patrons was not the issue for Phillips; rather, he declined to create artwork and messaging that specifically celebrated a gay union.

Tomorrow, the co-hosts will interview Phillips in what is sure to be even more of a fight.

The Impact of Pro-LGBT Media: GOP Evenly Split on Gay Marriage

For the first time, the GOP is evenly split when it comes to support for same-sex marriage.

According to a recently released Pew Research Center report, 47 percent of Republicans now support gay marriage, while 48 percent do not. This is a significant shift from 2013, when nearly two thirds of Republicans opposed it. While the exact reasons are unclear, the American news and entertainment media have long and aggressively promoted same-sex unions.

“Slowly but surely,” Vox senior reporter German Lopez cheered, “Republicans are coming around.”

It’s not only Republicans, though. The widely reported Pew study, published June 26, revealed a liberalization of views across the board. Americans of nearly every ethnicity, age and party identification have warmed to same-sex unions since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage two years ago today.

Since that Obergefell ruling, support for gay marriage has jumped 12 percentage points in the black community. In the past year, it has risen 10 percentage points among Baby Boomers. In both demographic groups, support is at an all-time high.

Although the majority of white evangelicals (59 percent) remain opposed to gay marriage, support is rising among Millennials and Gen Xers in this faith community.

While it is not clear what has prompted the shift in views, likely reasons include the pressure of greater societal acceptance as well as positive and frequent representation of gay couples in entertainment media.

In a 2012 interview with Meet the Press, former Vice President Joe Biden cited the role of media culture in his shifting views.

“I think Will & Grace probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody’s ever done so far,” he explained. “And I think—people fear that which is different. Now they’re beginning to understand.”

But according to a poll cited by Variety Senior Vice President Tim Gray, those surveyed said “the number one reason they’ve opened their mind about same-sex rights is knowing somebody who is gay.”

And when Gray interviewed Norman Lear—credited with creating the first sympathetic gay character on TV in 1971—the latter invoked several possible causes for America’s acceptance of gay marriage.

“It’s taken the entire Judeo-Christian ethic two thousand years to get to this point! So, in that sense, 40 years doesn’t seem so long,” Lear commented. “Do I think ‘All in the Family’ changed things or made a big difference? I would be some kind of fool to think my little half-hours did something more. But the show called attention to what people were thinking; it got the conversation rolling.”

While legal, the issue of gay marriage is still contentious for obvious reasons. Just today, the Supreme Court announced that it would reopen the case of Colorado baker Jack Phillips next term. Like many other Christian small business owners in the bridal business, Phillips declined to design a cake for a same-sex wedding, a conscientious choice which prompted a lawsuit and subsequent court battle.

Now, since the addition of Chief Justice Neil Gorsuch to the bench, the Supreme Court lacks clear direction. And rumors are spreading that the swing vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy, might resign. All this as the media and many religious groups historically opposed to gay marriage lean further left on the issue.

The interplay between religion and LGBT issues is not going away anytime soon, but media coverage and political developments will be fascinating to watch.

Despite Fascination with Russia, Nets Still Hardly Mention Chechen Gay Purge

It’s mid-way through Pride Month, a celebration of LGBT rights, but broadcast networks -- no strangers to condemning Russia -- are largely ignoring major human rights abuses against Chechnya’s gay community. This, while in 2014, NBC made 26 mentions of Russia’s anti-gay legislation.

Novaya Gazeta, a Russian news outlet, published an alarming April 1 report of government-led outing, capture and torture of gay and bisexual men in the predominantly Muslim Russian republic. Traumatized escapees described the nightmares of electrocution, beatings, imprisonment and even death.

Roughly two and a half months since the news broke, network coverage of what some have called an anti-gay genocide has been strangely sparse. While the April 23 segment of NBC’s Nightly News delved into the crisis, the big three networks never mentioned the barbaric acts on-air after that date – even when reports surfaced that Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov wanted the gay community extinguished by the beginning of Ramadan (May 26).

Chechen officials, as well as Russian President Vladimir Putin, were quick to deny the accusations of any foul play, declaring that gay people simply did not exist. One Kadyrov spokesman implied that if they did exist, they’d be taken care of through honor killings.

And these do happen. On May 9, The Independent reported that a 17-year-old gay boy had been thrown to his death by his uncle, who sought to “wash the shame” away.

The network news shows’ near silence is disturbing; however, activists, human rights groups, and many media outlets have volubly condemned the atrocities.

But the outcry has proven somewhat effective. While Putin initially denied that gay men were being detained and tortured, international pressure from German Chancellor Angela Merkel did spur him to at least verbally commit to an investigation.

Meanwhile, French activist groups have brought the case to the International Criminal Court, calling the anti-gay pogrom a “genocide.”

Alexandre Marcel, the chairman of one of the groups, said, according to The Independent, that the ICC complaint was “the only way to pursue Nazi behavior” at the international level.

Tanya Lokshina, Human Rights Watch Russia Program Director, weighed in with input on the measures she feels should be taken.

“What needs to be done,” she explained in an HRW video, “is for Russia’s key international interlocutors to maintain pressure on the Kremlin, to urge the Kremlin to put a resolute end to that anti-gay purge so that it stops once and for all.”

On June 14, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) that he had not raised the issue with any Russian officials, although it was on the State Department’s “pending” list. Merkel, French president Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May are among the world leaders who have held Putin to account.

But beyond verbal pressure, Lokshina also called for more practical means of aid.

“We call on Western governments to do their utmost to give sanctuary to the victims in their respective territories because [gay] people are not safe in Russia,” she urged.

Germany and Lithuania are among the nations that have welcomed them, while other countries are in talks to do so. However, it does not appear that the United States will be accepting any refugees. Although visa records are confidential, and it is therefore uncertain whether any were denied, Russian LGBT activists told BuzzFeed News that they didn’t have much hope after talks with the State Department.

Despite Fascination with Russia, Nets Still Hardly Mention Chechen Gay Purge

It’s mid-way through Pride Month, a celebration of LGBT rights, but broadcast networks -- no strangers to condemning Russia -- are largely ignoring major human rights abuses against Chechnya’s gay community. This, while in 2014, NBC made 26 mentions of Russia’s anti-gay legislation.

Novaya Gazeta, a Russian news outlet, published an alarming April 1 report of government-led outing, capture and torture of gay and bisexual men in the predominantly Muslim Russian republic. Traumatized escapees described the nightmares of electrocution, beatings, imprisonment and even death.

Roughly two and a half months since the news broke, network coverage of what some have called an anti-gay genocide has been strangely sparse. While the April 23 segment of NBC’s Nightly News delved into the crisis, the big three networks never mentioned the barbaric acts on-air after that date – even when reports surfaced that Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov wanted the gay community extinguished by the beginning of Ramadan (May 26).

Chechen officials, as well as Russian President Vladimir Putin, were quick to deny the accusations of any foul play, declaring that gay people simply did not exist. One Kadyrov spokesman implied that if they did exist, they’d be taken care of through honor killings.

And these do happen. On May 9, The Independent reported that a 17-year-old gay boy had been thrown to his death by his uncle, who sought to “wash the shame” away.

The network news shows’ near silence is disturbing; however, activists, human rights groups, and many media outlets have volubly condemned the atrocities.

But the outcry has proven somewhat effective. While Putin initially denied that gay men were being detained and tortured, international pressure from German Chancellor Angela Merkel did spur him to at least verbally commit to an investigation.

Meanwhile, French activist groups have brought the case to the International Criminal Court, calling the anti-gay pogrom a “genocide.”

Alexandre Marcel, the chairman of one of the groups, said, according to The Independent, that the ICC complaint was “the only way to pursue Nazi behavior” at the international level.

Tanya Lokshina, Human Rights Watch Russia Program Director, weighed in with input on the measures she feels should be taken.

“What needs to be done,” she explained in an HRW video, “is for Russia’s key international interlocutors to maintain pressure on the Kremlin, to urge the Kremlin to put a resolute end to that anti-gay purge so that it stops once and for all.”

On June 14, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) that he had not raised the issue with any Russian officials, although it was on the State Department’s “pending” list. Merkel, French president Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May are among the world leaders who have held Putin to account.

But beyond verbal pressure, Lokshina also called for more practical means of aid.

“We call on Western governments to do their utmost to give sanctuary to the victims in their respective territories because [gay] people are not safe in Russia,” she urged.

Germany and Lithuania are among the nations that have welcomed them, while other countries are in talks to do so. However, it does not appear that the United States will be accepting any refugees. Although visa records are confidential, and it is therefore uncertain whether any were denied, Russian LGBT activists told BuzzFeed News that they didn’t have much hope after talks with the State Department.

WashPost Highlights Children of Rape: ‘Defying Expectations’ of Life Defined By Tragedy

While many liberal media outlets and activists push an abortion-without-apology perspective, nearly all promote the view that abortion is justified in cases of sexual violence. Thus, it was refreshing when Washington Post reporter Danielle Paquette took a pro-life tone in her report of the stories of young men and women born through the tragedy of rape.

In the 1994 civil war that ravaged Rwanda, roughly 250,000 women were raped and 20,000 children born as a result. Now, as those children have come of age, many are defying the odds and proving that all life – even life conceived through sexual violence – has beauty and potential.

While the Tutsi genocide resulted in horrific trauma, and many of the victims and their children still suffer from poverty, HIV and psychological distress, young Rwandans like Angel are working to pursue their dreams and contribute to the world.

When she was younger, Angel’s mother Jacqueline tried to poison her. She rejected her and refused to call Angel her own. After all, Jacqueline had been happily married with two children when the Civil War began; by its end, she was left with HIV and an unwanted child who reminded her of the trauma she had endured.

A pattern of love and hate continued until the duo were able to begin therapy with Foundation Rwanda, where Jacqueline became a Christian. At that point, Paquette wrote, Jacqueline felt that her child was a gift and not a curse.

Mother and daughter both have HIV, but they have medicine for their bodies and hope in their souls. And they are not the only story of redemption in Rwanda, or the many other countries that have faced the horrors of war crimes.

According to a 2011 Gallup poll, 75 percent of Americans, including many who would call themselves pro-life, believe it should be legal to terminate a pregnancy caused by rape. But activists argue that abortion only intensifies the pain of sexual violence.

At the 2012 March for Life, MRC Culture interviewed several women conceived through rape, whose stories are often censored by the media.

“Even those in the pro-life movement think it’s OK to abort me,” speaker Mary Rathke said. “Because I hear all the time, ‘I’m pro-life, except in the case of rape.’ I’m really hearing, ‘I’m pro-life, except in the case of Mary Rathke.”

“Just because my father was a rapist doesn’t mean I don’t deserve life,” she stressed.

Travon Clifton, who used to be pro-choice, quickly changed her mind when she discovered the truth of her own past.

“I realized that when I was supporting the exception [for rape or incest], I was consenting to my own death,” she explained.

“If we look at the message that society says, it says we are expendable,” she continued. “It says that there’s really no value in us, as if we were some kind of mistake.”

Rebecca Kiessling, president of the pro-life group “Save the 1” Campaign condemned the media slant in abortion coverage.

“There’s definitely a lot of media bias out there, especially against a child of rape. They don’t ever want to talk about a woman with a story,” she lamented. “We get called horrible names. They never want to put a face to the issue.”

They don’t usually. But kudos to The Post for not only putting faces to the issue, but doing it well.

Boko Haram Back in the News: Two Abducted Girls Graduate from American High School

For two Nigerian girls, tragedy spurred a desire to impact the world for good.

Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu—abducted by terrorist group Boko Haram in April 2014—just graduated from Oregon’s Canyonville Christian Academy. From the bright smiles on their faces as they proudly displayed their diplomas, you’d never know the trauma they had overcome to get to that point.

While attending boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria, the girls and more than 250 of their classmates were woken in the night to chants of “Allahu Akbar.” After burning the school, the Boko Haram terrorists marched the students to trucks and forced them to climb in.

Terrified but determined to escape, Bishara and Pogu resolved to jump off the truck under cover of the dust storm the vehicles had produced during the drive. After successfully accomplishing this, the girls ran and ran until a kind man took them in. Still fearing recapture, they managed to connect with a human rights group in Virginia – the Jubilee Campaign – and eventually made it to the States, where they avidly pursued their education.

Doug Wead, president of Canyonville Christian Academy, told People that the girls were “amazingly” and “stubbornly focused.”

“They’re determined to outwit their captors by turning their grisly nightmare into something hugely triumphant.”

In the fall, both girls will attend Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. Pogu wants to be a lawyer to be a voice for the voiceless, and Bishara aspires to be a doctor to save people’s lives.

During her graduation address, Bishara spoke beautiful words of hope and forgiveness.

“I forgive the people who hurt me,” she said. “I have nothing against them. I am praying for the return of my classmates to their parents.”

Is the Media Missing the Real War on Women?

Human interest stories like Bishara and Pogu’s are bound to get media attention, but in the three years since Boko Haram first captured the Chibok girls, coverage of the situation has become increasingly sparse.

While American media focuses on the so-called “war on women” here in the States, real human rights abuses like female genital mutilation, forced marriage, rape and abduction are happening to women across the globe. The media needs to talk more about the latter.

“This is a story that really kind of splashed across international headlines … when it originally happened,” Open Doors USA Advocacy Director Kristin Wright told MRC Culture of the Chibok girls. “And now, what have we heard from this over the last three years? Almost nothing.”

Although Boko Haram released 82 of the girls last month, hundreds of other abducted Nigerian children are still missing. In March 2017, Human Rights Watch Nigeria Senior Researcher Mausi Segun wrote that parents of the children had not heard anything from the government after they sent a list with names of all the missing.

This is an alarming fact, considering the sheer brutality of the captors, who kill or indoctrinate men and utilize sexual slavery as a “tactic of terror” against women, according to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

“Extremist groups are using sexual violence as a means of attracting and retaining fighters, and to generate revenue,” Ki-moon said at a June 2016 security council session.

Furthermore, they want the women they rape to become pregnant, in order to pass on their warped beliefs to offspring.

“These people have a certain spiritual conviction that any child they father will grow to inherit their ideology,” Kashim Shettima, the governor of Nigeria’s Borno region explained.

If the progressive media outlets talked at greater length about these monstrosities, what they perceive as the Trump administration's “war on women” wouldn’t seem quite so bad. 

Despite Fascination with Russia, Nets Still Hardly Mention Chechen Gay Purge

It’s mid-way through Pride Month, a celebration of LGBT rights, but broadcast networks -- no strangers to condemning Russia -- are largely ignoring major human rights abuses against Chechnya’s gay community. This, while in 2014, NBC made 26 mentions of Russia’s anti-gay legislation.

LGBT Trump Supporters: Pride Month Shouldn’t Be Partisan

The LGBT community is anything but monolithic—after all, its symbol is the rainbow. But when it comes to political ideology, Republicans often feel left out. While June is technically Pride Month, this year’s celebrations have focused more on resistance. And that, as NPR digital news intern Christianna Silva pointed out, has alienated many Trump supporters and right-leaning LGBT folks.

Nets Practically Ignore 3-Week ISIS Siege in Philippines

Marawi, a predominantly Muslim stronghold on the heavily Catholic island of Mindanao, has been racked by ISIS-inspired terrorism and violence since May 23. Yet, in the three weeks since that date, the big three networks have spent a mere 25 seconds discussing the conflict on-air.

Nets Focus on Comey, Ignore Mosul Civilian Death Spike

According to the BBC, the past two weeks have been bloody ones in the ISIS-controlled city. Although Iraqi forces have been able to recapture Mosul’s eastern section, nearly 1,000 ISIS militants and 100,000 civilians remain in the west. While attempting escape, many of the latter have been shot down and used as human shields by ISIS snipers. Since May 26, 231 civilians were murdered in what the UN called a “significant escalation of such killings.” 204 of those individuals were killed within a span of three days.

House Condemns Genocide; Acts to Bring Aid, Justice to ISIS-Persecuted

Even while the big three broadcast networks have been reticent to use the word “genocide” to describe the Islamic State’s assault against Christians in the Middle East, Congress has moved far beyond talk. At a press conference this morning, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) commended the House for its swift and unanimous passage of H.R. 390, a bill he sponsored to bring practical aid to the persecuted and justice to the persecutors.

FDR’s D-Day Prayer: ‘By Thy Grace, Our Sons Will Triumph’

As one of the most iconic moments in American history, D-day always gets media commemoration. But here’s something that many mainstream outlets won’t highlight: former president and liberal darling Franklin Roosevelt firmly believed that God guided the U.S. in its dark hour in order to preserve “our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.”

Tortured Iraqi Pastor: ‘Genocide’ Is a ‘Polite Word’

For Father Douglas al-Bazi, the terms “genocide” and “persecution” don’t even begin to describe the horrors his people have faced in the Christian community of Northern Iraq. And yet, the media are still reticent to use to g-word. At the World Summit for the Defense of Persecuted Christians earlier last month, al-Bazi talked with MRC Culture about torture, forgiveness, the decimation of his people and the need for action, not words. 

Civil Rights Attorney Condemns Forcing Pregnancy Centers to Advertise Abortion

According to some liberal media outlets and activist groups, crisis pregnancy centers are misleading, coercive and dangerous to women. Now, because of this false narrative, one such center is facing a lawsuit that strikes at the very core of freedom of conscience and speech. 

Despite What Liberal Media Say, Hostility to Religion in America Is ‘Undeniable’

Although the liberal media often downplay attacks against the faithful, a new report released this week presents incontrovertible proof that the U.S. government is increasingly hostile to religion. In “Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America,” First Liberty Institute listed more than 1200 government-initiated attacks on religion in 2016 alone. The report divides these cases into four spheres – the public arena, the schoolhouse, churches and ministries and the military. 

Tale of Two Cities: Nets Cover Manchester 20x More Than Ongoing ISIS Raid in Marawi

The ISIS cancer is slowly metastasizing into Southeast Asia, but you wouldn’t know it from the lack of network coverage. While last week’s terrorism in the Philippines got a total of one mention from ABC’s Good Morning America, the Manchester bombing was mentioned in twenty different network broadcasts. 

Huff Post: Late Night TV Might Be ‘Deepening Divides’

The Trump administration has given late night TV new life. But for all their digs at the president, Stephen Colbert and his ilk aren’t doing much better than POTUS at bringing the country together. 

Former Media Exec: When Portraying Vets, Hollywood ‘Rarely Gets It Right’

While some media critics have stressed the importance of accurately representing minorities and LGBT folks on entertainment TV, there’s a whole other subset of America that isn’t being portrayed with the nuance it deserves: veterans.  

Former Media Exec: When Portraying Vets, Hollywood ‘Rarely Gets It Right’

While some media critics have stressed the importance of accurately representing minorities and LGBT folks on entertainment TV, there’s a whole other subset of America that isn’t being portrayed with the nuance it deserves: veterans.  

Feminists Applaud ‘Dirty Dancing’ Abortion: ‘We Need This Reboot’

Feminist writers have recently pushed for more and better representations of abortion on-screen. Now, they’re cheering on ABC’s remake of Dirty Dancing as just the movie we needed. “Dirty Dancing is, was, and will forever be a movie about abortion,” wrote Harper’s Bazaar contributor Kaitlin Menza. In the classic film set in 1963, protagonist Baby covers for dancer Penny, who is suffering from complications after a pre-Roe v. Wade illegal abortion. That fact is integral to plotline, as it sets the stage for Baby getting swept off her feet by dance instructor Johnny. 

Nets Shrug at Pence’s Notre Dame Remarks, Hype Obama’s 2009 Speech

Invite a politician to speak for commencement, and there’s bound to be protests. But the networks find some collegiate controversies more newsworthy than others.

Liberal Media Shrug at Progressive Yale Dean Who Scorned ‘White Trash’

When a seemingly inclusive Yale educator revealed her true colors online, the Washington Post ran the story. But most left-leaning media outlets were notably silent. After all, liberals who condemn “white trash” are pretty embarrassing to the progressive movement. 

These Mother’s Day Ads Celebrate a Trait All Moms Share

Moms wear so many hats, but there’s a quality they all share: strength. In their Mother’s Day ads, two brands heartwarmingly highlighted this trait. 

The Rock: Running for President a ‘Real Possibility’

After telling Vanity Fair last November that he wouldn’t “rule out” a presidential run, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is getting a bit more serious about the idea. In an extended interview with GQ writer Caity Weaver, America’s highest-paid actor said that running was a “real possibility.” Ultimately, he sees it as a great opportunity to help people. He’s a proud American too, so passionate about the troops that he hosted a large holiday event last Christmas to honor them. 

Celebs React to Comey Firing: ‘Take Down’ that ‘Slimy Unethical Orange Blob’

When describing the relationship between celebrities and former FBI Director James Comey, the answer is: it’s complicated. On Tuesday evening, President Trump shocked the nation by firing the Bureau leader after a recommendation from the Attorney General and Deputy AG. Yet, many celebrities pointed out the suspicious timing of the termination, noting that Trump is currently under FBI investigation. 

Ominous: ISIS Cautions Muslims to Stay Away From Christian Meetings

As devastating as Egypt’s Palm Sunday bombings were, the country’s Coptic Christian community is bracing for further violence to come. On Friday morning, Newsweek reported that an ISIS leader had ominously cautioned Muslims to stay away from Egyptian Christian meetings. 

Celebs Warn GOP ‘Will Pay’ for AHCA: ‘F**k These Smirking, Entitled Frauds’

Although the Trump administration's new healthcare bill has yet to pass the Senate, Hollywood stars have already vowed revenge on the GOP. 

ACLU: Colleges ‘Fundamentally Failing’ Students, ‘Need to Defend Speech We Hate’

On many college campuses, free speech comes with the caveat: say what you want, as long as it doesn’t offend the liberal majority. And if it does, you can expect virulent protests in return, such as the riot that led to the injury of a professor at Middlebury College when social scientist Richard Murray was slated to speak. 

Nets Quiet: Sources Say Chechen Gov Seeks to Eliminate Gay Community by May 26

Although the networks have given ample airtime to “marriage equality,” “anti-gay” religious freedom bills and transgender bathroom policies, they’re hardly covering the truly grave oppression of the LGBT community in Chechnya. In this predominantly Muslim Russian province, gay and bisexual men are living on borrowed time. According to one report, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has vowed to eliminate them by the end of May. It has been one month since Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta first published a report on the government’s violence toward the Chechen LGBT community. Yet, stunningly, the evening network shows have given the human rights violations little coverage, devoting only one NBC Nightly News segment to the oppression. 

Media, Activists, Hollywood Remember Ellen’s Coming Out: ‘We All Need To Be Ellens’

Twenty years ago today, Ellen DeGeneres revealed her sexual identity on network TV. In 1997, the media climate was not nearly as welcoming to LGBT people as it is now; however, as proven by the countless articles published commemorating her bravery, times have clearly changed. Today, LGBT content is not only accepted, but celebrated. 

Dr. Oz Cites Chelsea Handler Tweet Attacking New Trump Pregnancy: ‘Harsh Words, Even If Stoned’

Eric Trump doesn’t seemed bothered by Chelsea Handler’s rude comment about his unborn son. Honestly, he thinks it’s “just sad.” On April 25, the Trump and his wife Lara joined Dr. Oz to talk about the impending birth of their first child, living in the spotlight and their passion for stopping puppy mills. 

Chris Pratt: Hollywood Doesn’t Represent Blue-Collar Voices

According to American sweetheart Chris Pratt, Hollywood isn’t doing a good job representing Middle America. In an interview with Men’s Fitness writer Jim Schmaltz, the beloved actor expressed some thoughts on political division and media representation. And he’s a good one to talk—because people will listen. According to Schmaltz, although the list of things Americans can agree upon is getting shorter by the day, almost everyone loves Pratt. 

Huff (Puff?) Post Highlights Denver’s New International Church of Cannabis

In a Denver church that opened today, the term “high priest” takes on a whole new meaning. After all, according to a Huffington Post article, marijuana is the congregation’s “holy sacrament.” April 20 is weed day, and the liberal media have made an over-the-top effort to highlight the drug. But amidst articles on cannabis cocktails and weed-growing “nuns,” the Huffington Post’s piece on Denver’s new International Church of Cannabis might just be the most disturbing.  

After Yachting With Obama, Springsteen Releases Anti-Trump Protest Song

Bruce Springsteen has had a busy week. After vacationing with Oprah, the Obamas and other celebrity guests aboard billionaire David Geffen’s yacht, the man of the people released a protest song calling Donald Trump a “conman.” 

Nat Geo Is Producing a Birth Control Doc

National Geographic is delving into hot-button social issues for a second time this year with its announcement of a new drama “The Birth of the Pill.” According to an exclusive statement released to The Hollywood Reporter, the documentary will follow a group of four activists who “took on the scientific establishment, the church and cultural norms in their fight to make safe and effective contraception available to millions of women.”

Joy Behar: ‘Trouble-Making’ Parents Object to Transgender Bathroom Usage

The Evancho siblings have earned lots of news coverage this year. Sixteen-year-old Jackie was criticized by the LGBT community for singing the national anthem at Donald Trump’s inauguration, largely because her older sibling Juliet is transgender. 

CBS Censors Vice Mayor’s Anti-White Tweets in Confederate Story

Charlottesville, Virginia, residents are battling over whether Confederate statues should be removed from city grounds. But one official advocating for their elimination has a rather sordid social media history that CBS tried to hide. 

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