I’ll bet you think people are kidding, or employing hyperbole, when they refer to CNN as “the Communist News Network.”

Even I formerly thought this moniker was, perhaps, a little over the top.

After all, my political roots are in the hard left. My professional roots are in “the mainstream media.”‘

But I want to give you a case study of establishment journalism that actively and unambiguously promotes state control of the American health-care establishment. I know you’ve seen other examples of this on a daily basis for months – even years. However, there is a new level of desperation out there in the press because they see the way their utopian dream is failing, again.

In November, just about the time Obamacare was reaching critical mass on its way toward implosion, CNN religion writer John Blake, wrote a piece called “The Obamacare ‘scandal’ you haven’t heard about.”

It was that headline that attracted me to the story.

Had CNN actually discovered a chink in the armor of its beloved state-run, top-down, command-and-control national health-care monstrosity?

Yes, indeed, it had.

What was it? It was a combination of 25 states refusing to participate in Obamacare and Christian pastors, mostly in the South, refusing to direct their flocks to lobby state officials to do so.

I’m not joking.

Here’s the opening scene in this horror: “The Rev. Timothy McDonald gripped the pulpit with both hands, locked eyes with the shouting worshippers, and decided to speak the unspeakable.

“The bespectacled Baptist minister was not confessing to a scandalous love affair or the theft of church funds. He brought up another taboo: the millions of poor Americans who won’t get health insurance beginning in January because their states refused to accept Obamacare.

“McDonald cited a New Testament passage in which Jesus gathered the 5,000 and fed them with five loaves and two fishes. Members of his congregation bolted to their feet and yelled, ‘C’mon preacher’ and ‘Yessir’ as his voice rose in righteous anger.

“‘What I like about our God is that he doesn’t throw people away,’ McDonald told First Iconium Baptist Church in Atlanta during a recent Sunday service. ‘There will be health care for every American. Don’t you worry when they try to cast you aside. Just say I’m a leftover for God and leftovers just taste better the next day!’

“McDonald’s congregation cheered, but his is a voice crying in the wilderness. He’s willing to condemn state leaders whose refusal to accept Obamacare has left nearly 5 million poor Americans without health coverage. But few of the most famous pastors in the Bible Belt will join him.

“Joel Osteen? Bishop T.D. Jakes and other prominent pastors throughout the South?

“Like McDonald, they preach in states where crosses and church steeples dot the skyline, yet the poor can’t get the health insurance they would receive if they lived elsewhere. All declined to comment.”

Wow!

This is a story?

This is watchdogging government’s grab for power and an attempt to force people into a redistributionist, collectivist nightmare that has dropped millions from health-care insurance and endangered lives?

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The whole story is worth reading for its shocking entertainment value and for the way it illustrates how the Big Media are now complicit apparatchiks of the Nanny State. It’s, indeed, a textbook example of the way journalism has been perverted – if only such textbooks were part of the education process.

As a 40-year veteran of journalism, I have often explained how the modern U.S. press operates in way that would make Saul Alinsky proud: Create a phony crisis, then provide a state solution to it. It’s a formula you will see on display every day in the New York Times, CNN, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, etc. This is one of the best examples I’ve ever seen.

Blake, too, is a trailblazer in attacks on the church and promotion of the state as the new god.

You won’t want to miss his obit of the beloved Christian apologist, headlined “The C.S. Lewis you never knew,” which would be better titled “The dark side of C.S. Lewis.”

Also, be sure to read Blake’s argument with the “Duck Dynasty” patriarch in “Does Phil Robertson get the Bible wrong?”

At CNN, just as in “The Communist Manifesto” and “Das Kapital,” the most important targets for elimination from the consciousness of the people are religion and free enterprise.

Amazing. Stunning. Welcome to the world of the Communist News Network.

It’s an all-too-accurate moniker indeed.

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