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Three Cheers for Lara Logan

Feb 26, 2019

Lara who? Well, it appears that Lara Logan WAS until recently an experienced news reporter for CBS. She is a South African woman who has been a television and radio journalist and a noted war correspondent. She has worked with the American television network since 2002.

My own interest in her – indeed, my initial awareness of her – goes back to 2016. Back then I wrote a piece discussing the horrible treatment she had received while doing some reporting in a Muslim country. Specifically, she was sexually assaulted while in Egypt doing an assignment for CBS.

In my article I wrote about the phenomenon of “taharrush” in which large gangs of Muslim men attack and even rape women during major events – something that Lara sadly had experienced firsthand in 2011. See my piece here for more on this: billmuehlenberg.com/2016/01/13/20596/

Admittedly I still know little about her. It seems that she has been a hard-working journalist for 30 years, including a stint as foreign correspondent for CBS’s 60 Minutes. Well, she has been in the news again recently and is receiving all sorts of opposition and abuse. Her crime? She is calling out the leftist stranglehold on the mainstream media.

All this came in the form of a lengthy interview that she was recently involved in. It is quite a long one indeed , so let me offer just a few snippets of what she said in it:

Visually, anyone who’s ever been to Israel and been to the Wailing Wall has seen that the women have this tiny little spot in front of the wall to pray, and the rest of the wall is for the men. To me, that’s a great representation of the American media, is that in this tiny little corner where the women pray you’ve got Breitbart and Fox News and a few others, and from there on, you have CBS, ABC, NBC, Huffington Post, Politico, whatever, right? All of them. And that’s a problem for me, because even if it was reversed, if it was vastly mostly on the right, that would also be a problem for me.

How do you know you’re being lied to? How do you know you’re being manipulated? How do you know there’s something not right with the coverage? When they simplify it all [and] there’s no grey. It’s all one way. Well, life isn’t like that. If it doesn’t match real life, it’s probably not. Something’s wrong. For example, all the coverage on Trump all the time is negative. … That’s a distortion of the way things go in real life….

One ideological perspective on everything never leads to an open free diverse tolerant society. The more opinions and views … of everything that you have, the better off we all are. So creating one ideological position on everything throughout your universities, throughout academia, in school and college, in media, and everywhere else, that’s what concerns me. I don’t have to agree with everybody….

Although the media has historically always been left-leaning, we’ve abandoned our pretense — or at least the effort — to be objective, today. … We’ve become political activists, and some could argue propagandists, and there’s some merit to that.

This is the problem that I have. There’s one Fox, and there’s many, many, many more organizations on the left. … The problem is the weight of all these organizations on one side of the political spectrum. When you turn on your computer, or you walk past the TV, or you see a newspaper headline in the grocery store If they’re all saying the same thing, the weight of that convinces you that it’s true. You don’t question it, because everyone is saying it. Unless you seek out Breitbart on your computer, you’re probably not even going to know what the other side is saying….

We don’t even question if what we see on social media is real or not. We don’t even question if a grassroots movement is really grassroots. You know, there’s a way to start a grassroots movement. You write an algorithm, and you create all this outrage, and you’re basically throwing out all the sparks that light the fire, so then it becomes a grassroots movement because it takes nothing to set that in motion. But did it really begin as one? And if it didn’t begin that way, but was manipulated and paid for by someone and serves someone’s political purpose, is it really what we believe it is?
www.breitbart.com/the-media/2019/02/18/cbss-lara-logan-on-media-bias-unless-you-seek-out-breitbart-you-wont-see-the-other-side/

This short video also features a bit more on this courageous woman as she calls out the leftist media:
www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/02/21/lara_logan_any_journalist_not_beating_the_drum_giving_the_same_talking_points_pay_the_price.html

For a media personality to actually speak some truth about the leftist takeover of the MSM is certainly a very brave and a vitally important thing to do. I heartily applaud Logan for doing this. But all this did not go down well with the leftist establishment. As Breitbart has also reported:

Television journalist Lara Logan poked the mainstream media beehive last week in a no-holds-barred interview where she bluntly accused many reporters of becoming “political activists” and even “propagandists” for the Left and said journalism has descended into “absolute horses**t.” The response has been furious, personal, and devoid of the respect normally demanded for rape survivors.
www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/02/19/hayward-rape-survivor-lara-logan-gets-cold-shoulder-from-media/?fbclid=IwAR3PHQodLivd1oa7ixijJh4A90myNKvAbgrTJA8D0GCBQZ_zsFPazqQ7a4A

Indeed, not only has the left gone troppo on all this, but it has cost her – big time. As another piece states:

Only two days after veteran CBS news woman Lara Logan told audiences to check with both liberal and conservative news sources before making up their minds, CBS has announced that Logan has been “released” by the network. Last weekend, Logan went on the Mike Drop podcast hosted by retired Navy SEAL Mike Ritland and said that if you don’t seek out Breitbart News and other conservative sources, you are not getting all the facts about what is going on in this world.
godfatherpolitics.com/two-days-after-telling-americans-to-check-all-sides-of-a-story-cbs-fires-lara-logan/

As mentioned, I don’t know all that much about this woman, but it seems that in this area at least she is a champion. She has the courage to speak the truth, even when such truth-telling is very costly indeed. She has had the strength of her convictions to call out the lamestream media, and for that she is paying a heavy price.

Would that more people in this industry follow her example and be willing to speak out. Yes, it may cost them their jobs, but it is so very important that we hear such truths. And please keep Logan in your prayers. I am not sure what her spiritual condition is like, but her boldness and risk-taking is to be strongly commended.

We need many more people like her. Three cheers for Lara Logan.

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7 Responses to Three Cheers for Lara Logan

  • Yep. Spot on. Another analogy to leftist bias dominating media, is atheistic bias dominating media, academia, education and the ‘interpretive signs’ pushing millions of years of evolution and geology. Anyone who dares suggest that the evidence indicates that the Emperor’s clothing is deficient, risks their career – as books like “Slaughter of the Dissidents” document. So, like the tiny little spot at the Wailing Wall reserved for women, creation or intelligent design, and even secular evidence indicating serious problems with Hubble’s Law, or radiometric dating are systematically ignored or ruthlessly suppressed.

  • Welcome the real world. I have migrated from Africa 12 years ago. We have been confronted by Marxism all our lives. Here in Australia we are now confronted by Marxism again; Cultural Marxism. Be strong Christians, Jesus and our Father has been and always will be in control.

  • Of course the ABC will give prominence to this story!

  • This illustrates the problems that have evolved within secularism. Secularism originated under Christian culture and was originally meant to allow all views to be heard and then for people to democratically make their minds up as to which way to go. This view of secularism was maintained as long as people understood there was one God who was in overall control and was allowing us to use our own authority to manage ourselves. This was useful to prevent people fighting over absurdities. This idea of secularism also guaranteed and elevated free speech to high priority and esteem. Unfortunately God was moved out of the picture and humanists and atheists decided that secularism itself needed to take precedence over God and all claimed “religious belief” as though the elevation of secularism was not itself based on religious belief. This was done pretty much on the sly but despite most people not noticing what had happened, this is a fundamental paradigm shift and, importantly, at that point, secularism also became blasphemous. For the first time since it was introduced it was saying man had greater authority than God. What we now see secularism doing is pretty much the opposite of what it was originally designed to do. It now shuts down discussion and free speech and wants to treat all things as though they are equal irrespective of any arguments. Judges, politicians and bureaucrats are all taught to do this as a matter or course and the media pushes these ideas mercilessly. This is why the ABC is so relenting in ensuring as little Christian truth can be aired as possible and shamelessly pushes its own dogma, completely against all fundamental secularist principles.

    Recently, Bill, you discussed what should be our secular approach to Islam but, unfortunately, this assumed the first concept of secularism – that all views should be heard and people should make their minds up based on those arguments and with demonstrated facts. Unfortunately the form of claimed secularism we are increasingly forced to work under says that no arguments will be considered and if you make any claims against any religion (or sexuality or whatever) you are, by default, a bigot and your arguments will not be considered. The first form of secularism was a path whereby we could progress our understanding. The second form guarantees social decay. This is why the scriptures call it deluded. It is simply dysfunction codified but what is worse is, instead of people being willing to fight for the right to free speech, we see people now becoming enraged and fighting to have free speech shut down. What has happened to this woman is just this same attitude and, unfortunately, it is repeated all over the world and with increasing voracity. The question is can people wake up to what is happening? Yes the ABC will deceitfully make a show of allowing different views but anyone who knows the truth knows how they are manipulating what is shown and done and how things are said and what is allowed to be aired and who is invited to speak and even the tonality of how things are said, to get their propaganda and ideology accepted.

  • Brave woman, wish she got into the MSM with this profound message.

  • Wow, she is a role model for those my age.

    A year or two ago she would have got a pass since she was a woman, not so now, as her victim status has been demoted to make way for a Black, transgender Muslim woman who has been refused an abortion since her baby is 3-years-old.

    The tide is turning guys, she will be picked up by a wise media source since what she has to say will get attention, even if it’s only from the left criticising her. I suspect this lady is very wise and she knows there is places out there now which weren’t there even a year ago.

    The far left news sites are making staff redundant in large numbers, see Tim pools channel for more on that, Tim, by the way, is a leftie (he is really annoying at times) but he has next to nothing good to say about the left-leaning media.

    I hope that lady gets picked up by someone like Fox or perhaps even her own YT or Minds channel, as she has an audience hungry for her insights and she hasn’t got much competition at the moment. I think that is all going to change sooner than we think. The futures bright and remember, you guys were the ones ushering in the much-needed change. I bet you thought your prayers were not being answered. When you get 15-year-olds turning away from the likes of the BBC something is very wrong with the BBC or of course, it could be something is very right with what Mr M publishes, but let’s not go there as it will only make him big headed.

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