Kristine Marsh

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Kristine Marsh is an analyst for the Media Research Center's News Analysis Division. She formerly was a staff writer for MRC Culture, where she started as an intern in January of 2013.  Kristine's work has been featured by media outlets such as Fox News, The Wall Street JournalThe Washington Times, The Blaze, and Breitbart, among others. She is originally from Sacramento, California where she received her B.A. in English from CSUS in 2011. She can be reached through email at kmarsh@mrc.org.

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Despite approximately 77 percent of the population identifying as Christian, the media often couldn't care less when the government infringes on the rights of Christians.

It’s evident because a week has passed since Fox News reported that openly lesbian Houston mayor Annise Parker issued subpoenas against five Houston pastors to submit their sermons to the city government, as punishment for speaking against a newly passed transgender rights bill, and the networks have still yet to report.



Here’s something the pro-abortion media won’t want to hear: the risks the pro-life movement will take to defend the defenseless, speak for the voiceless and stand up for the threatened. 

On Tuesday, Oct. 14, pro-life advocacy group Live Action hosted a news conference in front of the Washington, D.C. Planned Parenthood. The event highlighted, among other things, taxpayer funding of abortion through ObamaCare, as brought to light in a new GAO report. The prospect of having to participate in plans that cover abortion (there are five states in which all ObamaCare plans cover abortion) had pro-life leaders talking about civil disobedience. 



American women and homosexuals can really relate to the kind of treatment their Middle Eastern counterparts receive at the hands of Islamist terrorists. Oh sure, not the kidnapping, beheading, stoning, genital mutilation or acid attacks. Nobody’s toppling stone walls on them or burying them alive, and there’s pretty much zero chance of ending up face down in a ditch riddled with AK-47 rounds.

But that doesn’t mean American women and gays aren’t living through ISIS-style oppression at the hands of (wait for it!) Christians. Why, women have to pay for their own birth control and, in some places, getting an abortion is almost as much hassle as renewing your driver’s license. And there are people in the U.S. who don’t want to bake gay wedding cakes!

Just ask MSNBC talking heads Michael Eric Dyson and James Peterson. They lamented the Christian oppression on the Oct. 6 “Ed Show.” The hosts of Fox News’ ‘The Five’ didn’t let the comments slide by unnoticed, reacting with derision on the Oct.8 show.



MSNBC talking heads lament culture of terrorism, oppression, homophobia, but they're not talking Islam.



Feminists at Jezebel, NARAL, Feministing and the like are encouraging young girls to rise up and protest against school dress codes, which they deem “sexist.”

Apparently any school dress code that requires some level of modesty from students is tantamount to “slut-shaming,” the horrifying crime of requiring women and girls to dress and act according to norms of social and sexual propriety.  

The complaints started with left-wing and feminist sites but the moving is crossing over to the mainstream media as well. Even The New York Times is using the highly-contentious phrase.



Since liberals rule late-night comedy, it’s no surprise that a left-wing version of American history would make it’s way into the comedy routines. After all, liberals are already defending the politically correct changes to AP U.S. history books as needed because conservatives “hate” the true history of America which excluded everyone but white men.

Well late night comedy host John Oliver certainly is on board with this mindset. He took the opportunity of the upcoming Oct. 13 Columbus Day holiday to bash the “murderous ego maniac” known as Christopher Columbus on his Oct. 5 television show.



The late night comic bashes the ‘strangest’ of American holidays.



Not the first copy-cat of Showtime program.



How does the left-wing ACLU weigh in on ISIS? Fox News’ Jesse Watters wanted to find out so he went to an ACLU conference in Princeton, N.J. and found out on Sept. 29’s O’Reilly Factor.


Watters began by questioning members about the “war on terror.” After several members told Watters they couldn’t support it, he wanted to know how America should treat ISIS instead. “These ISIS members that are beheading Americans, what would you do with them?”



The reality-TV Christian family the Duggars, spoke at the Values Voters Summit in Washington D.C. this past week and apparently while they were here got a chance to visit the National Holocaust Museum. 21-year-old daughter Jessa shared her thoughts about the sanctity of life to her Instagram afterwards and her comments drew a raging response from feminists like Cosmo’s Senior Political writer Jill Filipovic, who wrote a whole piece bashing Duggar.

Filipovic is full of demeaning comments about Jessa and the rest of her family, describing them as “tone-deaf” “deranged” and “kooky.” She accused Duggar of visiting the Holocaust museum and walking out, “not getting it.” Because, according to Filipovic, there is only one right response, and that one clearly has nothing to do with the “right” to abortion. She wrote:



Liberals have long-rallied against some parents attempts to ban controversial books from student curriculum. But at least one school is taking it a step further and purging books from the school library itself, to the dismay of some parents. What was so offensive that it garnered an entire purge of its content? Apparently, it’s the name of Jesus.

A charter school in Temecula, California has recently banned all Christian material from its school library.

One parent of students enrolled at Springs Charter School was shocked when she saw which books librarians were taking off the shelves to give away. Holocaust survivor Corrie Ten Boom’s popular “The Hiding Place” was among the books targeted for removal.  When the parent asked what was going on, library staff told her that they had been given orders to remove all Christian books, books by Christian authors, and books by Christian publishers.



Holocaust survivor autobiography is one ‘too Christian’ example.



Editor’s Note: This article contains offensive language.

“There is a network of American extremists who work tirelessly to undercut LGBT people around the world at every turn. They spew venomous rhetoric, outrageous theories, and discredited science.” Sounds terrifying.  Actually, these ominous words are in a new report profiling Christian and conservative pastors, writers and other media as “radical extremists” who need to be shamed and monitored.

The Sept. 15 report entitled “Exposed: The Export of Hate” by the Human Rights Campaign, a gay “civil rights organization” has highlighted several members of “the radical right” they want to demonize as dangerous criminals.



Actor Viggo Mortensen hasn’t been in any big movies since he played Aragorn in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, but now he’s promoting his new movie with Kirsten Dunst called “The Two Faces of January.” He stopped by Huffington Post Live September 16, to talk about the movie, but if a Huffington Post reporter is interviewing, you can be sure they will find a way to bash conservative media any chance they get.

As the interview turned to the actor’s past expressed liberal opinions, Mortensen lamented how most people only turn to media that reaffirms their own viewpoints, but claimed he was different because he tried to listen to right-wing news, but it was so offensive he can only listen in “small doses.” He called liberal radio is not as "brazen a form of lying" as Fox News.

See more of his outrageous comments and watch the whole video below.



Fox News is so terrible it’s ‘like a horror movie.’



Catherine Deveny is an Australian writer and comedian who has previously written for the Australian daily “The Age” and the UK daily “The Guardian.”  She is also an outspoken atheist and feminist. Her strong left-wing viewpoints denouncing marriage and motherhood have garnered much criticism including a tweet she posted Sept. 16.

 



It’s no secret that Hollywood loves Hillary Clinton, and now some network execs are openly basing their White House characters on her. The media’s new favorite, Dem. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is also an inspiration for some new Fall shows.

CBS will premiere “Madame Secretary” this Sunday night, Sept. 21. According to Politico, the show’s creators were inspired by both Clinton and Gillibrand in their portrayal of a female politician who struggles to juggle work and family life. The show stars Tea Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA agent who becomes the new Secretary of State. The character Leoni plays is both blonde and the mother of two children, like Gillibrand. 



Clothing retailer Urban Outfitters makes trendy and vintage-style clothing for teens and young adults, but its latest offering doesn’t appear to be popular with any age group. Sunday night, the internet noticed when a “vintage” Kent State University sweatshirt went on sale on the company’s website for $129. It wasn’t the ridiculous price that sparked attention but the appearance of blood splatter and stains on the light-colored sweatshirt.  

Though many in Urban Outfitters’ customer base are too young to remember, in 1970, four unarmed students at Kent State were fatally shot by the Ohio National Guard during an anti-war protest. 



This weekend marks the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort McHenry, the battle which inspired Francis Scott Key to write our national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.”

In honor of that historic day, we’ve compiled a list of some of the memorable moments the flag was lifted and shown reverence.



The ‘Star Spangled Banner’ through the years.