Newsweek's Miller Hits 'Disproportionate' Liberal Angst Over Brit Hume's Comments

<p>Newsweek religion reporter Lisa Miller, no Bible-thumping <a href="/blogs/ken-shepherd/2008/12/08/newsweeks-miller-plays-armchair-theologian-defend-same-sex-marriage" target="_blank">fundamentalist</a> she, doesn't understand why <a href="http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%202:1-3&amp;version=KJV" target="_blank">the heathen rage</a> against Brit Hume. From <a href="http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/thegaggle/archive/2010/01/05/don-t-be-sur... target="_blank">her January 5 post </a>at the magazine's The Gaggle blog:</p><blockquote><p>I'm not at all sure why the liberal left is always so shocked that evangelical Christians want other people to become Christians. The outrage that followed Fox News anchor Brit Hume's  plea to Tiger Woods to find Jesus has been totally disproportionate to the statement itself. The usual suspects—MSNBC and The Huffington Post—and indeed the whole liberal left blogosphere leapt all over Hume for his arrogance and conservatism. </p><p>[...]</p><p>The word &quot;evangelical&quot; comes from the Greek word for gospel, or &quot;good news.&quot; Evangelical Christians are those who want to spread the good news. They aren't pretending to believe in salvation through Jesus Christ. They actually do believe that it—and yours, and mine—comes through him.  </p></blockquote><!--break--><p>While Miller derided Hume's counsel as unprofessional and unwelcome, she doesn't understand the level of vitriol that has been expended by Hume's critics, reminding readers that relief is just a click away:</p><blockquote><p><span class="BlogPostWords">In the ridiculous, gratuitous world of nonstop news, Hume was using his platform and his airtime to give Tiger some free advice, just as a recovering alcoholic might recommend a 12-step program. Hume's pronouncements might not be the most edifying television. They might lead viewers to wonder about his journalistic neutrality when it comes to delivering the news, but that's all. You have the remote control. If you don't like it, you can turn it off.</span> </p></blockquote>

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