Warren Throckmorton has unraveled a bit of the craziness which is the latest manifestation of Driscoll’s manipulative maneuverings.
Who really wrote this puff piece on how beleaguered Mark Driscoll is being attacked by “the enemy within” (AKA Janet Mefferd and the former members and leaders of Mars Hill Church). Is it Bill Roberts or Russ Jones or did Lyall Mercer really write it? …
Whoever wrote it, it comes across as an advertisement for Lyall Mercer’s curious views on church PR. Remember pastors — who need to be pastors and not celebrities — that the first thing to do when people call you to accountability is to call the PR person to make sure your apologetic messaging will respond strategically to the nasty messengers who bring the facts.
Note to CharismaNews, it certainly isn’t news. A news story would have included commentary from Janet Mefferd and some of the former pastors and members who are going public with their concerns and experiences while at Mars Hill.
Probably the best thing for both places to do is to take the article down and start over with some real journalism.
This sad plagiarism affair just gets more and more twisted. Now that spin control isn’t working, maybe hiring a PR company can do damage control. Or maybe not. Especially when their PAID ADVERTISEMENT appears in Charisma Magazine as a news report…
Charisma appears to have the same ethic as Driscoll. Small wonder his PR team thought it best to place the ad with them.
UPDATE: Warren updates his post with this new info- Christian News Service removed the Lyall Mercer article from the CNS website.
UPDATE II: Well lookie here- Charisma has removed an entire string of comments – many of which called on them to offer a balanced presentation which contains the facts.
Warren Throckmorton tweets in explanation- @charisma_news removed comments with truth about article.
Sad, isn’t it. So much, then, for integrity in ‘Christian’ publishing in those quarters.