The Media and their Derangement Syndromes

Stuart Elliott writing at the New York Times has a bad case of Iraq War Derangement Syndrome. He must be so consumed all things bad in Iraq, he’s getting delusional:

No commercial that appeared last night during Super Bowl XLI directly addressed Iraq, unlike a patriotic spot for Budweiser beer that ran during the game two years ago. But the ongoing war seemed to linger just below the surface of many of this year’s commercials.

More than a dozen spots celebrated violence in an exaggerated, cartoonlike vein that was intended to be humorous, but often came across as cruel or callous.

For instance, in a commercial for Bud Light beer, sold by Anheuser-Busch, one man beat the other at a game of rock, paper, scissors by throwing a rock at his opponent’s head.

In another Bud Light spot, face-slapping replaced fist-bumping as the cool way for people to show affection for one another. In a FedEx commercial, set on the moon, an astronaut was wiped out by a meteor. In a spot for Snickers candy, sold by Mars, two co-workers sought to prove their masculinity by tearing off patches of chest hair.

There was also a bank robbery (E*Trade Financial), fierce battles among office workers trapped in a jungle (CareerBuilder), menacing hitchhikers (Bud Light again) and a clash between a monster and a superhero reminiscent of a horror movie (Garmin).


Then, too, there was the unfortunate homonym at the heart of a commercial from Prudential Financial, titled “What Can a Rock Do?”

The problem with the spot, created internally at Prudential, was that whenever the announcer said, “a rock” — invoking the Prudential logo, the rock of Gibraltar — it sounded as if he were saying, yes, “Iraq.”

I think it’s time you took a few days off, Stuart.

Sister Toldjah has a few comments on Stuart’s piece and also notes that Emma Span at the Village Voice is not pleased with the fact that Colts’ Coach Dungy and owner Jim Irsay thanked God for their success.

POSTGAME: Colts owner Jim Irsay takes about 10 seconds to mention the tornadoes in central Florida before going into full gloat mode. I guess that was nice of him. “There’s an awful lot of shining glory up here, even more than last time, but we’re giving it all to God,” he says. Tony Dungy then says he’s proud to be a Christian coach, and to show that he could win “the Lord’s way.”

Are you there, God? It’s me, tornado-ravaged central Florida. I know you’re busy and all, but when you’re finished helping out the Colts’ defense, do you think you could give us a hand over here? Thnx!

Ah well. Congratulations to the Colts; time for the Bears to go home and wonder why Jesus doesn’t love them.

Huh? Um…Emma, it’s obvious you have some serious issues with hatred and resentment toward God and Christians, why else would you write something so hateful and offensive. The Bears lost because Jesus doesn’t love them? Just because things didn’t work out the way the Bears’ coach and the players may have wanted or prayed for doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love them. Where did you get this disturbed idea that God is to give you everything you want in order to prove He loves you?

And Emma Span is not the only one in the media with such a distorted and disturbed view of God and Christians. First, let’s review what real God loving, Christian men are like:

Coach Tony Dungy:

“I’m proud to be the first African-American coach to win this,” Dungy said during the trophy ceremony. “But again, more than anything, Lovie Smith and I are not only African-American but also Christian coaches, showing you can do it the Lord’s way. We’re more proud of that.”

Colts owner Jim Irsay

“Now there’s an awful lot of shining glory, even more than last time up here,” Irsay said. “But we’re giving it all to God again because that’s what got us here … sticking together and believing that we could, and I know God has looked after us on this journey and bonded us into such a tight family.”

These are really humble, kind, and classy men – from all accounts, they are true Christian men.

Compare these two real life Christian men with how CBS’s show “Criminal Minds“, which aired immediately after the Super Bowl, portrays a Christian man. Last night the show’s twisted criminal mind was a voyeuristic, split-personalitied “Christian” man who killed those he declared sinners in the most sick and vomit-inducing ways, all in the name of Jesus.

I don’t think there is a better illustration of the differences between what real Christians are like and how the media portray Christians than the juxtaposition of Coach Dungy’s and Jim Irsay’s comments with the “Criminal Minds” sick and twisted portrayal.

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