Category Archives: media

News Sites That Are Either False, Misleading and Partisan, Or ClickBait

This is an excellent resource.  Be sure to check the list before you cite the source.

Below is a list of fake, false, regularly misleading, and/or otherwise questionable “news” organizations, as well as organizations that regularly use clickbait-y headlines and descriptions, that are commonly shared on facebook and other social media sites. Many of these websites rely on “outrage” by using distorted headlines and decontextualized or dubious information in order to generate likes, shares, and profits.

Other sources on this list are purposefully fake with the intent of satire/comedy, which can offer important critical commentary on politics and society, but they are regularly shared as actual/literal news. I’m including them here, for now, because 1.) they have the potential to perpetuate misinformation based on different audience (mis)interpretations and 2.) to make sure anyone who reads a story by The Onion, for example, understands its purpose. If you think this is unnecessary, please see Literally Unbelievable.

The Media is Responsible for the Rise of Trumpism and the Spread of Misinformation

Donald Trump is a regular pathological liar.  It seems he is truly incapable of speaking the truth.  And yet the media, aiding him by providing him with millions of dollars of free publicity, have stood by and refused to fact check.

They’ve also failed to fact check Hillary to the extent that the American public deserves.

As a consequence, this campaign season has been a season of misinformation and ultimately insanity.  Lies and more lies are spewed and the media simply reports them without looking into their facticity.  Fox allows Trump to go unchecked and MSNBC does the same for Clinton.   All media outlets are guilty of this dreadful behavior with the notable exception of NPR.

The media used to be known as the Fourth Estate.  Google it.  Now that’s no longer the case.  Fox works for Trump and MSNBC works for Clinton and the rest of the networks are on a sliding scale between the two.  And it’s disgraceful.

The media have failed the public.  Miserably.  And they will be held accountable for it.  The media is responsible for the rise of Trumpism and the spread of misinformation from both campaigns about both candidates and all the rest right on down the electoral chain.

People on the far right often say that the media can’t be trusted, and they’re right.  Not for the reasons they think, though, but because the media have failed to hold elected officials of every political stripe accountable to the one thing they all avoid assiduously: the TRUTH.

I don’t believe a single post, blog entry, tweet, facebook post, or news ‘report’ when they concern any politician.  You’d have to be an idiot to do so.

Der Luther-Code — Sprung in die Freiheit


Neue Weltsichten und nicht eine Erneuerung des Glaubens haben Martin Luther und die reformatorische Bewegung vor 500 Jahren angestoßen. Die Dokureihe fragt: Wie ist der moderne Mensch entstanden? Und ist er vorbereitet, die Zukunft zu meistern? Junge Genforscher, Astrophysiker, Aktivisten, Blogger und Unternehmer geben Antworten. In dieser Folge: Sprung in die Freiheit

Mit 95 Thesen hat Martin Luther vor 500 Jahren eine Erneuerung des Glaubens und eine Revolution des Wissens ausgelöst und das Tor zur Zukunft weit aufgestoßen. Unser heutiges Bild der Welt gründet ganz wesentlich auf den Folgen der Reformation und den Errungenschaften der Renaissance im 16. Jahrhundert. Die Moderne ist entstanden, weil der Mensch sich damals plötzlich gefragt hat: „Wer bin ich eigentlich – und was ist meine Rolle in der Welt? Was kann ich tun – und an was soll ich glauben?” Heute stehen wir erneut inmitten einer Zeitenwende von epochalem Ausmaß: Die Globalisierung und die digitale Revolution arbeiten sich in kaum vorstellbarer Geschwindigkeit an fast allem bis dahin Gültigen ab – und wieder scheint nichts mehr so zu sein, wie es war.

Die aufregende Entdeckungsreise des „Luther-Codes” beginnt im 15. Jahrhundert: Der Mensch steht noch ganz unter dem Einfluss von Kirche und Gott. Doch die Reformation und die Errungenschaften der Renaissance eröffnen neue Horizonte – es kommt zum Urknall des freien Denkens.

Etc. Which do see. And here’s a longer trailer (in English)-

Idolatrous Blasphemy

Trump is no ‘god’ and he can’t save you or himself or so much as a tick, you idolatrous blasphemous fools.


A New App for the iPhone- 1517 – Martin Luther and the Ninty-five theses

untitledIn the game you can help Martin Luther nailing his ninty-five theses to the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg. Each thesis is a level – but you have to be fast, because it’s getting harder each level. Some nails are helpful, some are not. Try to gather as much points as possible by hitting the most valuable nails!

In ninty-five levels you can discover the ninty-five thesis of Martin Luther, that changed the world in October 1517. They were the beginning of the reformation. They advance Luther’s positions against what he saw as abusive practices by preachers selling plenary indulgences, which were certificates which would reduce the temporal punishment for sins committed by the purchaser or their loved ones in purgatory.
By finishing a level you can read the next thesis. It starts with easy nails, but soon it gets harder and new nails are added: nails, that need more hits, nails with higher points, moving nails, that are harder to hit, nails that create fog or rain, and many more. How far will you make it?

If you are registered in game center, your score will be listed, so that you can compete with other players.

Glory.  Now where’s the Zwingli game????

“Media Dynamics and Academic Knowledge Production: Tracing the Role of the Media in the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife Saga”

That’s the title of Liv’s paper delivered last week in Norway at the conference on forgeries and fraudsters.  You can read it on her page.

As the title indicates, this paper will be dealing with the role of the Media in the cluster of academic debates and interactions that followed the announcement of the so-called Gospel of Jesus’s Wife. I will discuss the various relationships between Academia and the Media, and I am particularly interested in the potential influences of the Media on academic practices.

Read it!

Enter to Win a Copy of “This Changed Everything”

This fantastic video produced by the Christian History Institute can be yours if you’re the lucky winner.  To win, you simply need to enter by

  1. ThisChangedEverything_Rev.inddSharing this post on your twitter feed, Facebook page, or blog (and you have to let me know you have done so). The more places you share it, the better your chances of winning.
  2. Writing, in comments below, a paragraph expressing your appreciation for either Huldrych Zwingli, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Peter Martyr Vermigli, Philipp Melanchthon, Johannes Oecolampadius, or Theodore Beza.

That’s it.  The best essay in combination with the most shares will decide the winner.  Contest ends on 30 September.  Tell your friends.  Let the games begin!

About the film-

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. On October 31, 1517, an obscure German monk named Martin Luther published 95 theses for debate in Wittenberg, Germany. Little did he know that this act would ignite a revolution that would reshape the Christian church and change Western civilization forever.

In anticipation of this important anniversary, Christian History Institute is producing a groundbreaking three-hour documentary series called This Changed Everything. Narrated by the renowned British actor David Suchet, the program tells the dynamic story of the people, places, and events that shaped the Reformation. It features expert commentary from Dr. Michael Horton, Dr. Frank James, Shane ClaiborneBishop Robert Barron, and over twenty other scholars and clergy who bring new insight into how the church came to be where it is today and where it may go in the future.

This Changed Everything celebrates the fruits of the Reformation while grappling with difficult questions about the legacy of division. Clearly, the medieval church was in dire need of reform, but could complete schism have been avoided? Why does the Protestant movement continue to splinter into ever increasing factions? How should we think about our divisions in light of Jesus’ passionate prayer that his followers be “one”?