To further prove my point that US news is no longer "news" but entertainment, foxnews.com picked up this article by tmz.com and the Associated Press about a church member facing discipline for publishing a calendar with semi-dressed men that are purportedly missionaries.
The article makes Chad Hardy, the publisher of the calendar, into a martyr. Of course church leaders did not comment about the situation as all such situations are confidential and never disclose those proceedings. The disciplinee is free to disclose that, which it appears Hardy has done here.
Of course in the middle of this "breaking news", during which Hardy claims that he feels his right to free speech is being violated (ignoring the fact First Amendment Rights protect us from government actions, not church government actions), the AP discloses this astonishing revelation about the case:
"A returned missionary himself, Hardy acknowledged he has not been an active
member of the church since 2002."
Not that active membership is a standard by which one is a good member or not, but I admit I would have been more surprised if he said that he were still active now. Perhaps the most disappointing part of the article comes from the end, which may just be Hardy embellishing the numbers:
"The 2009 calendar — which drew 100 inquiries from interested missionaries — will be released in September."
Really? Assuming that this is even true, what current missionary would even consider that? It is probably not that debatable whether an endowed member taking off his garments for something designed for sexual feelings is violating covenants. But that's not really the point here. Hardy can do what he wants because there have been worse things done towards the church's image and life hasn't changed. It's obvious that he is using this opportunity to get more publicity to sell calendars.
The actual question I want to pose is why this was a feature article on the front page of foxnews.com. Is there really nothing more important going on in the world? And we wonder why people outside of the US think that we are ignorant of what goes on around the world. Can we trust our news if it is designed as entertainment and focuses on garbage?