In response to Facelift’s suggestion for a media related post…
We all saw the recent beat up by the Daily Tele regarding the gay lobby. We’ve also seen the recent reporting regarding Mercy Ministries. We later heard one of the girls involved convincingly validating the reporter’s content, although the allegations were denied in turn by people representing Mercy. You never know how much of the truth is being reported unless you are directly involved.
I was involved in a matter reported in various respected papers, and had the chance to see how the events were twisted to suit the reporter’s agenda. On the other hand, the media frequently have a valuable role outing things that society should not accept, including events in the church. For example, exposing hypocrisy (to put it mildly) in the behaviour of some previously popular televangelists.
Can churches and Christians trust the media? If churches can use press releases for good PR, should Christians feel free to expose churches bad PR (behaviour) to the media when nothing else has worked?
Is it just a matter of knowing the journalist well enough to trust them?