There is a major event today for millions of Americans. You won’t hear about it in the national media and you will have to look hard for it in the local media.
Contrast that with another event that happens later in the year that you will hear about in the national media and the local media.
This is a story of media bias and a media agenda.
What is this story the media isn’t covering today?
For approximately four million Orthodox Christians in America, today is the beginning of Orthodox Lent. Lent is the forty-day period that leads up to Easter. The Eastern Orthodox celebrate Easter a little differently that the west does and handles Lent differently too.
Every year, the national as well as local new media go out of their way to do stories on the beginning and end of Ramadan.
The media goes out of their way to refer to Ramadan as the “Holy Month of Ramadan.” The Eastern Orthodox refer to Lent as “Great and Holy Lent.”
The media, if they talk about Lent, just refer to it as Lent.
The best estimates right now are that there are roughly three million Muslims in America. You would not believe it from the coverage they receive on the media. If you looked at the media coverage, you would think that Islam was the second largest religion in America instead of one that is less than 1% of the population.
When the media deals with Islam, the word “Holy” gets thrown around a lot. Their Koran is referred to as “Holy.” Certain cities are referred to as “Holy.” Their traditions are referred to as “Holy.”
During Orthodox Lent, Orthodox Christians fast from meat and dairy, attend extra services and engage in works of charity. Does the media ever mention this?
But mention Ramadan in the media and you will hear all about their fasting and so-called works of charity.
The mass media never refers to the Vatican as the “Holy City.” Nor are Christian monasteries, convents or other shrines referred to as “Holy.”
The problem in America is we have an elite media that is out of touch with the lives of real Americans. Almost all of the major media operates out of either New York or Washington.
They have no clue what life is like for people who live in places like Tupelo Mississippi. Nor do they care.
Fortunately for America, thanks to the Internet, America is no longer dependent on the biased big media.
For the Eastern Orthodox out there in America, may you have a happy and blessed Lent.