A Thought on Character Assassination

     As I’m sitting here in front of my computer, I’m thinking about all the things I’ve seen today that I could write about.  I’ve seen a good many things that I haven’t liked, and if I were to go into detail about all of them there’s a good chance this post would be entitled “The Never Ending Post.”  There’s simply so much to choose from anymore when it comes to seeing things I dislike.  Knowing though that I can’t write about everything, I’ll write about this one thing that I didn’t like.

     I was watching a news program (I won’t say which one) in which they showed a story about Nancy Pelosi threatening to disclose information she had concerning  GOP candidate Newt Gingrich.  Now, I’m not here to talk about Nancy Pelosi or Newt Gingrich, but rather about the issue of character and ethics.  Rather the lack of them in this case.  I don’t know Nancy Pelosi or Newt Gingrich personally – only through their public lives as portrayed by the media – so just like everybody else, I only know what I see from how they’re portrayed by the news.

     As far as I know, the media hasn’t taken to putting words into the mouths of the people they cover – though I think some would if they could – so I know that Nancy Pelosi did indeed threaten to reveal information about Newt Gingrich she obtained as part of a group investigation into  Mr. Gingrich’s ethical practices years ago.  I’m no expert, so please don’t take what I say as 100% fact, but I believe that Mr. Gingrich was absolved of most if not all of the allegations against him.  If I’m incorrect please let me know.  The thing I do know is that she would be in violation of the ethics laws of the senate to reveal what she knows.

     I have my own opinion about these people as, I’m sure you do, but I found it distasteful that she would go on national t.v. and essentially threaten to blackmail someone.   Am I the only one who sees something wrong in this?  When did it become okay for people – especially people in public – to come on national t.v. and suggest wrong-doing on the part of someone; to make charges against someone’s character without proof, and – in Mrs. Pelosi’s case – knowing that to do so would be breaking the law. 

     What’s worse is the fact that the media doesn’t even try to confirm facts anymore, nor does anyone.  It saddens me greatly that we now live in a society where people are guilty until they’re proven innocent.  We don’t like someone – for any reason – all we have to do is make something up, just suggest, imply, intimate, that something is askew, and, if it’s our aim to hurt or damage someone, then we’ve accomplished our goal.

     Take, for instance, the story of Herman Cain.  As of today, I have not seen one shred of evidence that Mr. Cain is guilty of anything, other than perhaps bad judgment.  Yet, I have heard political pundits on t.v. say that he is guilty of adultery.  I have not seen any evidence put forth that would convict him in a court of law: no times, no places, no receipts, no witnesses, nothing more than inference, innuendo, suggestion.  I don’t know the man, but I do know that he deserved more than what he got from the media. 

     We live in a country where it’s easy to assassinate someone’s character with nothing more than the power of suggestion, and this saddens me.  There have been too many people ruined, damaged by the carelessness and irresponsibility of others to look for the truth and nothing else.


4 thoughts on “A Thought on Character Assassination

  1. Deborah

    This saddens my heart as well Wayne. There are two things I -think- I know and one thing I know for sure. 1. We must do our best in our voting, but no matter who is in office, our country will still be run by the same people. 2. The ones with deep pockets behind the scenes. I -think- I could name them, but then I would be guilty of what you speak of in your post, so i won’t. 1. No matter who is elected, God has not moved from His place on the throne. What this means is that when it all shakes out, He and He alone will make sure that those spoken against will be cleared of all false charges, and those doing the speaking against them, will get their just rewards as well.
    Thanks for this post. We really need to learn better how to think critically and not just digest everything that is soon fed to us by the media.

    1. Wayne Augden Post author

      Deborah, I agree with you, and thank you for the comment. I absolutely believe in the sovereignty of God, and that whoever is in leadership is by His design. Yet, God has declared that his work in this world and in the lives of people will be accomplished through the preaching of the gospel and through the lives of people, some wittingly – meaning they know and allow themselves to be used by Him – and some with no awareness or intention are used by Him as well. We, as His people, still have a responsibility to believe His word, and to live our lives in obedience to it. I believe this is right, but I learn something every day about God through the reading of His word, and the leading of the Holy Spirit. I pray not my will, but His, and if I’m wrong I know that He will correct me, and lead me to the truth. Thank you for sharing with me, and for your encouragement and support. May we all grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior daily.


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