Warren slams media, bloggers

In a video directed at his congregants, controversial pastor Rick Warren criticizes "bloggers who really need to get a life."

By Alex Koppelman
December 24, 2008 2:15AM (UTC)
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In a video message addressed to his congregants at Saddleback Church, Rick Warren has responded to the controversy surrounding the decision to have him deliver the invocation at President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration next month.

Warren uses the video, which can be viewed below (hat-tip to Wonkette) to talk about his stance regarding homosexuality and gay marriage, and to attack the media and especially bloggers because of the controversy.


"The media never gets it 100 percent correct. I've never seen an in-print article that gets everything right," Warren says, adding, "The media lives for conflict. If there's no conflict, then somebody's going to create it."

True enough, though in this case no one created the conflict -- it arose naturally because of the opposition to Warren's views. The pastor focused especially on bloggers, who've been leading the opposition, discussing "bloggers who really need to get a life" and saying, "A lot of people think that because they can sit in the quietness of their own home and hide behind the screen, they can hurl all kinds of bombs at people and get away with it. Well, no, they're just being rude."

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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