In my last article, I wrote about the abuse of language by the radical left,
especially in relationship to Israel and their reporting on the Israel-Arab
Muslim conflict. This month, I want to continue on the same track.
Last month we saw some amazing events - a U.N. conference on racism in Geneva
that was really a conference supporting Anti-Semitic racism! This conference
was held at the same time that Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) was
taking place in Israel. The speaker at the conference was Iran's leader,
Ahmadinejad, a Holocaust denier! The bizarre set of circumstances was not
lost on Israelis. Yet, the European mindset continues to see Israel as a
greater danger than either Iran or radical Islam. Israel is being portrayed
as the racist society.
Around the same time, thirty socialist members of the British parliament
planned a live streaming video conference with the head of the Hamas
terrorist group who lives in Syria.
In a seemingly disconnected event, Miss California placed second in the Miss
U.S.A. beauty pageant. Many thought that she lost the contest because of her
response to a question on her view of homosexual marriage. She gave a soft
answer: she was glad that she lived in a country where people had a choice,
but in her opinion marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman. The
judges thought her answer was divisive and lowered her score. Seventy
percent of Americans still agree with her answer. California recently passed
a referendum rejecting state marriages for homosexuals. So who is divisive?
Certainly it is the homosexuals who are pushing their agenda on the
population against the historic consensus of most civilized peoples. There
are some homosexuals who only want civil rights and not marriage recognition.
They value traditional marriage and see its connection to children. Yet it
is the radical view that prevails in the media, and the media hammers away in
favor of the more radical "Gay" agenda. We should note that as the years
pass, support for traditional marriage is declining and acceptance of
homosexual marriage is increasing. Why? It is because the culture formation
institutions, especially in education, arts and entertainment, and the news
media support the gay agenda.
Leaders Lean To The Left
Whether it is the homosexual agenda, the Arab Israeli situation, or socialist
versus free market economics, the leaders of culture formation institutions
are supporting a leftist orientation: socially, politically and economically.
(The reader should be aware that I am not a supporter of unregulated "no
holds barred" capitalism and am quite weary of big corporate organizations.)
It does not matter that these leaders represent only a minority view of the
population. With the left in power in the United States, many political
leaders will follow them.
News Media In Totalitarian Countries
I want to now concentrate on the news media. Dictators who control
totalitarian governments know that control of the media is crucial to gaining
their ends. I am frustrated by media reports in countries that speak about
the response of the "Arab man on the street" to Israeli or American policies.
The so called "view from the street" is in reality nothing more than
selective clips chosen by the media to express their own bias. All of this is
the product of incredibly corrupt governments. There is no free press in
most Arab countries, and this is also the case for most, but not all,
non-Arab Muslim countries.
Leftist Media In Free Countries
However, the problem in free countries is another story. In these countries,
those who control the news media are indoctrinated in leftist and
relativistic approaches to life. While there are a few deep thinking news
media people, most are quite shallow. In my opinion their perspective lacks
the wisdom and critical analysis required in these days of double speak and
How many journalists really understand the intricacies of economics and why
socialism does not work? How many know of the benefits that faith has
brought to the world? How many really understand how bereft of evidence is
the homosexual case for genetic pre-determination? How many have
investigated the historical realities of Israel and the Arab nations; do they
consider Islam's theological underpinnings that will not accept a Jewish
state in the Middle East? The anti-Israel bias of the left is not
defensible on any objective basis. How many are familiar with the tactics of
terrorists, including the use of human shields and the creation of civilian
casualties that can be used for their propaganda? Why is the leftist media
so taken in?
The British tradition of a free press, which was embraced by the founding
fathers of the United States, reflected an optimistic hope that a free press
would analyze many different views and that honesty, truth and objectivity
would prevail. In this respect, the founders could not have anticipated the
possibility of a free news media that would be controlled by people who are
themselves captured by an ideology and indoctrinated against much that the
founders held dear! This has led to results that are dire and to a culture
that approaches the totalitarian control of the news media.
Alternative News Media
Today we have alternative news media through the Internet and on cable. This
media is very helpful to those who understand the bias of the mainstream news
media and maintain connection to it. However, this media does not have much
influence beyond the already informed and does not yet have culture formation
power. Culture formation is still moving toward the anti-Israel,
anti-Christian, pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, and pro-socialist biases. It
is so great, that some think that the present liberal turn in the United
States cannot be stopped. They fear that the media will defend the liberal
trend no matter what, and that they will blame the previous administration
for any failures of their policies.
The Answer To Media Bias
So what can we do? Should we despair? Well, I have good news about the Good
News. There is only one power that can break the bondage of this control.
It is the power of the Gospel. The Gospel can transform lives despite biased
culture formation institutions.
China is a significant case in point. In a country with a tightly controlled
media, the Gospel has expanded exponentially. However, it is a Gospel
movement that looks very much like the pages in the book of Acts. It is a
Gospel where the Kingdom breaks in with power, with signs and with wonders.
It breaks through mindsets and media control. Without broadcasting,
Internet, or news outlets, untold millions have been swept into the Kingdom
of God. This can also be true in the United States, Israel, Europe or any
other land where there is an ideological stronghold controlling the people.
Prayer and revival leading to a Book of Acts type movement can overcome all
In Israel we face a mindset and media bias controlled by centuries of
indoctrination against belief in Yeshua. It is a powerful stronghold but it
is no match for the power of the Spirit.
By Daniel Juster
Dan Juster leads the overall ministry Tikkun International.
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08:36 04Jun09 Darren -
Great article Mr. Juster. It is sad that our media takes seriously the media
of countries without a free press. I will say that most of the time they at
least point out that the media is "state-run," but I've noticed more and more
that is a point that is left out when the state run media backs the editor's
I have to disagree somewhat that our founding fathers couldn't have seen this
coming; our news media, that is. Americans are ideological creatures, and our
founding fathers were very wise. I think they knew that no human truly has the
ability to be perfectly objective -- why else have more than one supreme court
justice? I think the founding fathers' hope in the free press is that it would
challenge the government as vehemently as a lawyer represents his client. That
in its distrust of government, or most other things, the truth would come out.
I think what our founders had in mind was a free press with investigative
journalistic powers--one that has the power to expose the truth when power
I think that the mainstream media did a relatively good job upholding this
standard during Bush's years (many exceptions). Their obvious hatred for Bush
led them to vehemently oppose the decisions by he and his people.
Unfortunately, the news media has left the idea of truly investigating claims
for doing what is substantially eaiser. Now, through the power of the 24-hour
news cycle (and it began long before that), mainstream media has such a captive
audience that they need not investigate anymore, but what they "believe" seems
to be good enough. If they don't like the president's position, they can
simply object, not based on any reasonable evidence, but because they don't
like it. This has given rise to journalism that's not journalism at all, but
simply a new political party that's not elected--one that has the power to
control minds through propaganda.
I say that I think the media did an okay job while Bush was in office not
because I'm siding one way or the other on any situation, but that they didn't
trust him. And I don't think we, as the people should trust our government.
We should always be critical -- always be watchful when our freedoms are stolen
and slight-of-hand goes on behind close doors. What saddens me now is that the
media has moved so far to the left that now there is no reliable media source
to distrust the new government. The left-leaning (not leaning--it's laying on
it's left side) media is now in a state of bliss with the Obama administration.
No conservative media source has the credibility or integrity to take on the
claims of our new government, and that scares me. Fox news, while many
conservatives like it, is not the answer. They are like so many of the others
-- not interested in investigative journalism, but rather in pushing an
opposite viewpoint. While it gives another side of any argument, it's not
exposing truth, only allowing other opinions, which really isn't helpful at
We need to pray that the Lord would raise up news media in our country and
every other that would truly investigate, distrust and challenge our government
so that we have the truth, not just competing sides of what too many Americans
believe to be gray areas.
-- Dr Juster replies:
This is a very wise comment. I think the founders thought a free press
would more represent different viewpoints. For many years there were
credible newspapers that leaned left and leaned right. One could read
both and make up one's mind. Though Fox tries and their news programs
are good, some of their comment shows overstate their case and lose
credibility. The extent to which the "Arab Street" is simply the product
of state run media and then this becomes news in the US as if some
quality is in the response is amazing.
08:49 04Jun09 Henry -
So many people/churches and institutions want to be people pleasers and forget
about pleasing God and that's where our problem lies today, yesterday and for
the future.But the Moschiach is comming soon and all will know then what Hashem
and who Hashem is.
09:04 04Jun09 An Old Friend -
I could write a lengthy essay on the truth about the America Media ... all of
it: news, film/theater, music, art, publishing, et al. Through a series of
"coincidences" (?) I began to become aware of the TRUE nature and ambitions of
the media while still a teenager. As a result, I became a careful student of
propaganda and its methods and motives. In regard to your article above, I'll
say only this: Western media despises Christianity and Judaism ... they FEAR
islam. They think they can pander to terrorism and avoid any personal abuse
"IF" islam wins the war on terrorism (which the media believes they will). Even
homosexuals side with islam (!!!). They REFUSE to believe that "when" islam
wins homosexuals and non-moslem media people will be rounded up FIRST and
beheaded! I personally know moslems (yes, I say "MOSLEMS", not "muslims"). I
have been in the news business for decades. I personally know other news
people, people in the information/entertainment business. I know what they say
and think in unguarded moments. They are ready to commit TREASON at every
opportunity. All they really believe in is personal self-preservation and
increased personal power. ANYTHING you find in the arts, news, entertainment IS
-- Dr Juster replies:
Yes, it sadly seems so. Why does the left identify with radical Islam in
its fascist forms? This seems to be an anomaly until we dig deeper.
Jamie Glasov's recent book, United in Hate, gives the right analysis, I
09:51 04Jun09 Doug Morgan -
You have articulated my thoughts very clearly and concisely. Praise God for
your influence in the world, especially Israel. My wife and I pray for Israel
every day and especially as world sentiment seems to be moving rapidly against
her. Our current administration in the USA appears to have little love or
respect for Israel. God help us if we ever drop support for Israel.
10:28 04Jun09 Andrea -
Good article. I will forward it to my Christian friends. And some of my not
so Christian friends.
11:05 04Jun09 John R Peacher -
I look with dismay at the direction of societies in Western nations. What are
supposed to be citidels of freedom are turning into pits of despair,
uncertainty and outright rebellion against the Word of God. In that context, I
was led to a passage of Scripture that from a heavenly, eternal perspective,
brought comfort to my soul; Psalm 92 addresses this issue in a profound way ...
"When the wicked spring forth as grass, and when all the workers of iniquity
flourish; it is that they may be destroyed forever."
BUT! Thou, LORD, art MOST HIGH FOREVERMORE!
This thing is like a tree growing; it takes time to mature and produce its
fruit. It is the way God set things up in both the natural and spiritual. The
relativism, pro gay rights anti traditional family forces and anti-Zionist
forces and pro anything that opposes God will produce their fruit in the very
near future. They are sowing to the wind and without fail will produce a
whirlwind. Only those who have chosen to follow God's well established and
documented paths will succeed in the long run. Thus, the innocents who have
got caught up in this spirit of the age will have a place to run for guidance,
comfort and direction. "For, lo, Thine enemies, O LORD, for, lo, Thine enemies
shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall perish, all the workers of
iniquity shall be scattered."
But my horn (strength) shalt Thou exalt like the horn of a unicorn: I shall be
anointed with FRESH OIL!!
-- Dr Juster replies:
Yes, this is what is happening; the wheat and tares maturing until they
are ready for harvest, some into judgement and others into salvation.
12:10 04Jun09 Jeff Jackson -
As a citizen of the United States, I am extremely concerned about the growing
anti-Israel bias in the government and media of this country. The headlines
for the past week here in the U.S. are all about Obama "reaching out" to the
Muslims and the "tough love" that is needed against Israel. I believe in my
heart that one of the only things that has kept God's judgement from falling on
my country is its support of Israel. With that support fading and the moral
decay of this country worsening, I am very concerned about the future of the
United States. Thank you Dan Juster for being a voice of wisdom and truth to
Christians like me who support Israel. I am thrilled to support Tikkun
International and encourage everyone with a heart for Israel to support this
vital ministry as well.
15:35 04Jun09 Pelham -
Thanks for putting it all together and sharpening our perspective!
19:25 04Jun09 Susan St. Clair -
Amen to the Power of the Holy Spirit, Dan! We need to believe this and keep
praying. It reminds me of our Lord's statement from Luke 18:8 "Nevertheless,
when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?"
21:16 04Jun09 Solveig Ranneklev -
It is good to read your "common sense" and insightful articles, an
encouragement! Thank you!
12:50 05Jun09 Sarah Keparutis -
What an eye opening article for me - a resident of the USA who hears only the
news on the television and newspapers for the most part. It causes me to
intercede for our nation AND for Israel - God's firstborn and beloved nation.
Thank you for ending with hope - true hope because of Yeshua.