There’s no way to avoid all the media hype around former White House spokesperson Scott Mclellan essentially coming out against President George W. Bush and the White house.
It’s everywhere. Keith Olberman and Chris Matthews are lionizing him for telling truth to power. Matthews even compared Mclellan to James Stewart’s character in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Mclellan is now even saying he may vote for Barack Obama.
You see, this is the kind of conversion the media loves. You go from conservative to liberal the media fawns and calls you a hero. Mclellan is the latest example. Arianna Huffington was lauded many years ago for her conversion from the right to the left and has now staked out the title of the goddess of the lunatic left.
I couldn’t help but think about the least interesting people to the media.
Anthony Flew was perhaps the leading atheist of the 20th century. Some called him the father of modern atheism. Before it was fashionable to be an atheist Flew wrote atheistic screeds like “In God and Philosophy” in 1966 and “The Presumption of Atheism” in 1984. Flew earned his fame by arguing that one should presuppose atheism until evidence of a God surfaces. Well guess what? Evidence of God surfaced for Flew. He saw design in the universe and wrote about it. Pretty big change, right? Well not only wasn’t he lionized but a New York Times journalist wrote that Flew’s conversion may indicate he’d been suffering from a mild form of senile dementia for at least three or four years. Nice, huh?
Flew saw design in the universe so he must be crazy.
Bernard Nathanson was an abortionist who even aborted his own child. He gained national attention by becoming a founding member of the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws, now known as NARAL Pro-Choice America. He worked closely with Betty Friedan and others for the legalization of abortion in the United States. His efforts essentially brought about the Roe v Wade decision.
He was also for a time the director of the Center for Reproductive and Sexual Health (CRASH), New York’s largest abortion clinic. Nathanson has written that he was responsible for over 75,000 abortions throughout his pro-choice career. The media fawned over Nathanson. When he made up numbers of deaths due to back alley abortions, the media took his word as gospel and printed his lies.
The development of ultrasound, however, in the 1970s led him to reconsider his views on abortion. He eventually filmed the famous “The Silent Scream” which was completely ignored by the media. Nathanson later became a Catholic and the media wants nothing to do with him.
The man who founded Naral is now a pro-life Catholic. Don’t you think that’s a pretty interesting angle for a news story? Well the media didn’t.
So conversion will continue to be a one way street for the media.