I mentioned this story a few weeks back. Gregg Easterbrook of TNR is now asking why this story - Southern Republican Governor, citing Christian imperative, calls for redistribution of wealth from rich to poor - has gotten little play in the mainstream media. I think Easterbrook and I agree that the media has been unfortunately complicit in the co-optation of Christianity in the public political sphere as a bastion of social reaction divorced from its economic progressivism (in other words, it's time to put the "Worker" back in "Catholic Worker," or - in Michael Lind's formulation - put the "Liberal" back in "National Liberal"). Easterbrook suggests that this is because the mainstream media hate Christians. I think the problem is that the mainstream media hate the poor.

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