Church of The Donald – Politico

Never mind Fox. Trump’s most reliable media mouthpiece is now Christian TV.

By RUTH GRAHAM

A generation ago—even a few years ago—. . . Christian TV was largely the province of preachers, musicians, faith healers and a series of televangelism scandals. Politicians were leery of getting too close. To establishment evangelicals, not to mention the rest of America, Christian TV was hokey at best, and disreputable at worst.

But in the past two years, largely out of view of the coastal media and the Washington establishment, a transformation has taken place. As Christian networks have become more comfortable with politics, the Trump administration has turned them into a new pipeline for its message.

“This dance between administration politics and televised religion is new, and is built on a connection between Trump’s message and the Christian TV worldview that runs deeper than it might first appear. It also offers a different kind of answer to the puzzle of why an impious man who can barely manage to pay lip service to actual Christian belief earned a higher percentage of the white evangelical vote than predecessors including Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush—and why, if anything, his bond with those voters appears to be growing stronger.”

“Trump has appeared 11 times on CBN since his campaign began; in 2017 alone, he gave more interviews to CBN than to CNN, ABC or CBS.

“Having White House officials regularly on screen gives new legitimacy to media organizations that have long felt looked down upon.”

“If you look at his evangelical advisory council, it’s people with media connections. … That’s a weird slice of the evangelical world.”

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