A liberal writer for Teen Vogue magazine was recently taken to the woodshed on Twitter after she tried to downplay the mainstream media’s “fake news” reputation by alleging that the Bible is riddled with tons of inaccuracies.
Lauren Duca, a columnist for Teen Vogue, wrote on Twitter Monday: "Folks, if you think there are too many mistakes in modern journalism, let me tell you about inaccuracies in this one book called 'The Bible.'"
Folks, if you think there are too many mistakes in modern journalism, let me tell you about inaccuracies in this one book called "The Bible"— Lauren Duca (@Lauren Duca) 1499121374.0
The issue of the media being filled with dishonest and biased reporting has been a hot topic for decades — especially over the last two years. That’s because criticizing the mainstream media was a central point of President Donald Trump’s winning campaign strategy, likely because it legitimized many Americans’ belief that the press is out of touch.
The paradigm of “fake news” media has been strengthened this year by the clear dividing line between Trump and the mainstream media. On one hand, Trump is outspoken about his disdain for the media, and on the other, the media is clear about its disdain for him.
In fact, according to a Harvard study released earlier this year, more than 90 percent of coverage of Trump’s first 100 days as president by a number of media outlets was negative of Trump. These figures often validate Trump’s media criticisms to his followers and supporters.
But the Bible, which is the Christian holy book, is seen by many as the inerrant word of God written by dozens of people who were filled and led by God’s spirit.
Bible critics typically pull verses from the Bible out of context to prove that the Bible is error-ridden, but a deep understanding of each book of the Bible and how they fit together is vital to understanding the book’s overall narrative arc.
Even many of the book’s alleged contradictions, some of which are said to appear in the Gospels, aren’t really contradictions at all. Scholars say that the so-called contradictions are merely differences in detail and that the overall themes and ideas are the same. For instance, the Gospels are point-of-view stories about Jesus and his life, so the way that Matthew experienced them were different than Peter, John or any of Jesus’ other disciples.
However, Duca’s attempt to delegitimize the Bible in order to legitimize the media was widely seen as very unsavory and an example of why reason Trump won — and people were quick to rebuke Duca on Twitter:
I've studied the Bible in-depth for 30 years and you have no idea what you're talking about.
— EDVARDICUSS [crunk] (@EdCrunk) July 4, 2017
This tweet is perfection as it shows the staggering idiocy of Left.
— Lulu Lapin (@Lulu_Lapin) July 4, 2017
The Bible is inerrant in its original languages. Your lack of understanding doesn't make it inaccurate.
— Lori Olivia (@simplylorilee) July 5, 2017
Guys look how edgy I am. A leftie hating on the Bible. I'm so counter culture guys.
— JasonThomasCanary (@GnarlyCanary) July 4, 2017
Please tell us where all the inaccuracies are? Have you actually read it or just a few verses.
— 2blue4u (@blue_adrian) July 4, 2017
Claims inaccuracies but doesn't actually provide any
— Dave (@Un1uck3y) July 5, 2017
They also let her know she was just plain wrong. After all, the goal of journalism is much different than the goal of the Bible:
The Bible is not journalism and is not meant to be taken literally.
— Rev.Dr. Chuck Currie (@RevChuckCurrie) July 4, 2017
Apples and oranges, Lauren. The Bible is not a journalistic text.
— coffeenow (@rhoadeo29) July 4, 2017
What does the Bible have to do with journalism? Journalists are not holy.Get over yourself.
— peanutbutterisgood (@peanutbutterisg) July 4, 2017
Funny, but also silly and irrelevant. People aren't angry at mistakes in journalism. They're angry at lies, propaganda and biased reporting.
— blank (@Zarathustra2017) July 4, 2017