Two days ago I excerpted a Southern Baptist Convention article positing four reasons why Christians should be politically aware.
Today’s post provides various political resources to help Americans do just that.
My apologies in advance to readers who will say the following recommendations are blindingly obvious, but we’re all at different levels of knowledge. Remember, Christians who are only beginning in this quest know more than the rest of us about the Bible and, where applicable, their denomination’s catechism or confessions.
The best overall election coverage can be found on RealClearPolitics (RCP). RCP has the latest polling results and presidential candidate delegate numbers. More importantly, however, dozens of articles are posted daily from all points of the political spectrum and many sources: news shows, newspapers, magazines and political websites.
Most media lean leftward, some more than others, however. The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times are the most prominent newspapers that are pro-Democrat nearly all of the time.
Online editions of worthwhile magazines are The Atlantic and New York Magazine. The journalism is excellent and, even when one disagrees with the perspective, at least one has been given something to think about.
As for online-only news sites, The Hill offers a good selection of articles and reporting. Politico wears its Democrat credentials proudly, but also reports stories other outlets don’t: California governor Jerry Brown on Hillary Clinton and coverage of Donald Trump’s response on the gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo. Both are worth reading.
Neophytes should not be surprised to find that Clinton has come in for quite a drubbing from her own side.
Less surprising is that no major news site is promoting Trump, and some conservative outlets make that pretty obvious: The Wall Street Journal, American Thinker and Rush Limbaugh.
Those interested in the Libertarian Party can visit Reason.com.
In closing, readers’ comments following news articles are often illuminating. On a basic level, they tell you about the tenor of the publication. More importantly, however, some readers add more information than was given in the article and often include other news links. I often find out more from readers’ comments than I do the original post. That’s how I get much of my news.
Ten minutes spent reading the news online per day from now to November will give political neophytes a more informed perspective and a more considered vote.
Also recommended is YouTube for news programmes and political speeches. It is worthwhile watching a candidate present him or herself at length rather than relying on campaign attack ads on television.