Yesterday I received an alert from a friend in Baltimore to the news that the Baltimore Sun had been bought by a local right-wing activist billionaire. It went like this:
The Baltimore Sun has been purchased by the executive chairman of the far-rightwing Sinclair Broadcasting empire (headquartered in Maryland), which aims to make the 187-year-old newspaper an echo of Fox News.
I am DEVASTATED. I grew up with the Sun. My mother and I both had articles published in the Sun. I knew reporters and photographers for the Sun; one of them gave my father’s epitaph and wrote my mother’s obituary. The Sun was a force against Trump, exposing his lies during his junta…probably why it was targeted. Trump hated Baltimore and I have no doubt that the Sinclair boss is working hand in glove with him – part of his agenda is to expose everything that’s wrong about Baltimore.
The Sun wasn’t NYT or WP level, but it won many Pulitzers (latest in 2020) and deserves a better end than this. Sick at heart.
So much of the muddle and craziness in American politics today is born of media moguls with their agendas to push. Consider the impact of Fox News, whose titan founder Rupert Murdoch got fined almost $800 million for having committed manifold lies about the 2020 election, after being sued by Dominion Voting Systems.
Can one expect something better from this fellow who is well known for sponsoring far-right activities, pushing Trumpism along with Moms For Liberty (which is currently under the spotlight for its founder, leader of “Don’t Say Gay,” and banishing gay books participating in threesomes with gay women in Florida)?*
A recent study by OxFam International found that in 2020, the five richest billionaires possessed $405 billion between them. Today, their worth has more than doubled to $869 billion. Every hour these billionaires get $14 million richer. Meanwhile, since 2020, 60% of the global population has become poorer.**
*The Baltimore Sun explores the question of whether there can be a worse newspaper owner.
**Wealth of Five Richest Men Doubles Since 2020.
See Matthew Fox, Religion USA: Religion and Culture by way of Time Magazine.
And Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society.
Banner Image: The nameplate on the Baltimore Sun building — note its motto: “Light For All.” Photo by Brent Payne on Flickr.
Queries for Contemplation
What are your concerns about the American press these days? How do you resist its dark side—and support alternatives?
The purpose of this book is to descend from the majestic heights of the critique of religion, to the level of religion’s interaction with life in its multiple colors and dimensions, that is in culture …. Modern man, far from being without religion, is bombarded by religions claiming his ultimate allegiance and priorities — in his TV, his movies, his records, as well as in his press …. Our method of analysis takes these claims to religion seriously, beginning where everyday man begins, in the confusion of the multiple tongues bestowed on him at the secular Pentecost by the knowledge explosion and the media expansion.
“This uniquely American study … [analyzes] the role of religion in a culture. It contains a mine of information for sociologists of religion, as the same time that it opens up a whole new direction for theology.” —Professor Jacques Audinet, Institut Catholique de Paris
Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society
Visionary theologian and best-selling author Matthew Fox offers a new theology of evil that fundamentally changes the traditional perception of good and evil and points the way to a more enlightened treatment of ourselves, one another, and all of nature. In comparing the Eastern tradition of the 7 chakras to the Western tradition of the 7 capital sins, Fox allows us to think creatively about our capacity for personal and institutional evil and what we can do about them.
“A scholarly masterpiece embodying a better vision and depth of perception far beyond the grasp of any one single science. A breath-taking analysis.” — Diarmuid O’Murchu, author of Quantum Theology: Spiritual Implications of the New Physics