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Time Magazine Continues Its Biased Reporting

Bernard (Bernie) Goldberg has written an article in which he compares Chris Christie’s chances of the GOP nomination with Ted Cruz’s.

It is, of course, way too soon to be seriously speculating on that election, and Goldberg acknowledges that. But he draws attention to the cover of that icon of liberalism, Time magazine, which has Chris Christie’s picture on it with the cutline: “The Elephant in the Room,” an obvious allusion to Christie’s size. Goldberg calls it a junior high joke, and so it is. Goldberg notes that Time has for a long time been a liberal media organ.

“How long?” you ask.

Back in the early 1950s–that’s in the middle of the twentieth century for those who can’t remember that long ago or don’t want to–that Time ran an article about an event that took place among Evangelical Christians. As I recall, it was a convention of Evangelicals, in Chicago.

I don’t remember anything that was said in the article, but I do vividly remember the photo that accompanied the article. There was a picture of a couple sitting on a stadium bleacher in the convention hall. She was a rather large woman, “fat” would be more accurate, fanning herself with one of those funeral home fans that we used at camp meetings in July or August. Sitting beside her, presumably her husband, was a very thin man. One of his trouser legs was rolled up to expose a garter that some men used to wear to keep their socks up in the olden days. One of those “Jack Sprat could eat no fat / His wife could eat no lean” couples. All in all, they were a less than attractive couple.

The cutline under the photo read, “Participants in the Evangelical Christian Conference in Chicago.”

I remember being incensed by the representation.

TIME2Was this the only couple that the Time photographer could find to accompany the article?

Were there no attractive Evangelical couples that he could have used for this picture?

I knew better. At that time, I attended an Evangelical church. To be sure, in my church, there were Jack Sprat couples, but there were beautiful young couples that could have been in the movies. There were also elderly people (the age I am now) who were handsome and well dressed.

I knew that Time could have selected a different couple to highlight.

I guess, in one way, it’s good to see that Time magazine, from the early 1950s until the present time hasn’t changed.

At least we know what to expect from Time in the way of objective reporting.

Nothing!

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About the author

Harry Livermore

Harry Livermore spent a lifetime teaching English in high schools and junior colleges in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Georgia. He now writes for and is editor of the Valdosta Magazine. Harry and his wife Janice live in Valdosta, GA. They are members of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Valdosta. Harry has two sons, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren who live in Georgia, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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