Eddie Long: “I am not the man portrayed”

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Via CNN:

Baptist TV preacher, Eddie Long, finally addressed the sexual allegations by four young men today on his TV show. I have followed this through CNN by default since CNN is my default homepage. I’ve also followed it because I do stop by TBN and watch snippets of many of these shows and it just so happened that I caught Bishop Long a few weeks ago. I have watched his work for a while and was impressed with the social aspect of his ministry, but the flashiness always bothered me–tight shirts, the buffiness, ultra cool wardrobe and I’ve even seen him in a matrix-like trench coat. So I was very, very curious to hear his response.

Somehow I forgot to turn to his show at 8:30 but I caught an excerpt on CNN.

Lithonia, Georgia (CNN) — Baptist televangelist Eddie Long said Sunday he will fight allegations that he coerced young male church members into having sex with him.

“I am not the man that has been portrayed on television,” he told his congregation.

Speaking publicly about the accusations for the first time, Long did not address the specific allegations contained in four lawsuits filed against him earlier this week.

“I’ve been accused, I’m under attack,” he said, lowering his head and softening his voice behind the pulpit at the New Birth Baptist Church in suburban Atlanta.

“I want you to know, as I said earlier, that I am not a perfect man. But this thing, I’m going to fight,” he said. “I feel like David against Goliath, but I’ve got five rocks and I haven’t thrown one yet.”

With that, the 57-year-old pastor put down his microphone and walked off stage, receiving deafening applause from the thousands who had come to hear him.

To be honest, I did not hear what I needed to hear. I needed to hear a clear-cut denial. Something to the effect of “I categorically deny . . ..” or “I never engaged in any of the alleged acts . . .” or “I have been faithful to my wife and never  . . .” something along that line. In effect, what we got was that he is not the man portrayed in the media. That could be and in fact probably is very true, but not to the point at all. The media does paint televangelists in a certain light and he is saying he is not what he has been made out to be. But, he still has not addressed the specific allegations.

While Eddie Long is not T. D. Jakes, if this thing drags out and it does turn out that there is merit to the allegations, it could do some damage in the community.

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Dobbs, Buchanan, CNN and MSNBC

Via Huffington Post, CNN’s president has brougth the hammer down on Lou Dobbs’ staff with regard to the Obama birth certificate foolishness.

What I’ve never quite understood is what CNN is doing with Lou Dobbs and why MSNBC still has Pat Buchanan on board. There was a time when Lou Dobbs had a respectable money show, but clearly he has veered off the deep end with his diatribes against everything. He has become quite reactionary and is simply not in keeping with the CNN vibe. CNN, which has declined, still enjoys a reputation as a valid news organization.  It is baffling why CNN has him in the prime time line up. I suppose they desperately need the ratings.

As far as Pat Buchanan goes, this man is not a moderate GOP but so far right he borders on . . . the edge. He is so offensive that it is mind boggling that MSNBC gives him air time. My theory is this. It is no secret that MSNBC leans left. So maybe they figure that they can discredit the Right by making Pat Buchanan the standard bearer for the Right.

Chuck Todd to Get New Show

Via Political Wire:

Multiple network sources tell the New York Observer that MSNBC is in the process of developing a weekend political show to be moderated by Chuck Todd, the network’s political director and chief White House correspondent.

“The new show on MSNBC, to debut in late spring, would give Mr. Todd more experience as a political moderator and provide him with a good opportunity to develop his long-form interviewing skills.”

Happy for Chuck Todd. I mentioned how I was not warming to his recent activity, but a weekend show can help him polish up for non-CSPAN TV.