Trump May Scorn the Mainstream News Media, But Not Christian News

December 29, 2017Dec 29, 2017

On Friday, NPR News published a story about President Trump's rocky relationship with the mainstream news media, as well as his friendly relationship with the Christian Broadcasting Network.

Interestingly, President Trump has ignored many mainstream media outlets and had denied numerous interviews, but the Christian Broadcasting Network, also called CBN, has scored many interviews with the President of the United States.

Although he provided the majority of his interviews to Fox News, Trump granted a handful to the Christian Broadcasting Network — roughly the same amount he has given to outlets like the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. 

Pat Robertson's son, Gordon Robertson, is the CEO of the network. He has welcomed President Trump's presence to his conservative Christian home audience. He is proud that his seemingly small media company has been able to get positive attention from the president. 

"Other news organizations are saying, 'Wow, we didn't know about this CBN News. And how does David Brody get so many interviews with Donald Trump?'" Robertson said.

According to NPR, it was difficult for Trump to win over evangelical voters, especially given his reputation for divorces and vulgarity. But over the years, Trump has opened himself to interviews about his faith and has allowed prayer and religion to play a role in his White House. 

For instance, in December, Vice President Mike Pence remarked in a faith-based interview that Trump is a "believer" in Jesus Christ. 

NPR further notes that white evangelicals have overwhelmingly supported Trump since his election in 2016 against Hillary Clinton.

In part, this is because Trump has given numerous evangelical leaders unprecedented access to the White House. And, on top of that, he has delivered many of his promises to his evangelical base, including the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and his appointment of pro-life judges and officials to key positions. 

Of course, not all Christians in the United States — or throughout Europe — are sympathetic to Donald Trump. 

A senior Church of England bishop recently sent a scathing message to evangelical Trump supporters. According to the Guardian, Paul Bayes, the bishop of Liverpool, claims that "self-styled evangelicals" in the US should reconsider their "uncritical support" of President Donald Trump. 

According to Bayes, by supporting President Trump, self-styled evangelicals risk bringing the word "evangelical" into disrepute. He also claims that there is no justification for a Christian to contradict the teachings of Jesus to help protect the poor and weak — something that he implies Christian Trump supporters in the United States are guilty of.

He then claimed to regret that “people who call themselves evangelical in the US seem to be uncritically accepting” positions taken by Trump.

CNN writes that during his Christmas sermon, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, criticized "populist leaders" throughout the world, although he did not directly mention President Trump by name.

And in November, the Archbishop remarked that he was "deeply disturbed" that the President of the United States has "chosen to amplify the voice of far-right extremists" by retweeting non-verified anti-Muslim propaganda videos from the British far-right group Britain First. 

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