WaPo Caught in Big Bible-Bashing Lie, Tries to Quietly Overhaul Entire Piece

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By Rachel Stoltzfoos Published on April 2, 2017

The Washington Post quietly rewrote a story about a Congressman using the Bible to bash poor people Friday, after a writer at the Federalist published a systematic break down of the piece that exposed major holes and mistakes in the story.

Caitlin Dewey’s initial write-up in the paper (which recently adopted the slogan “Democracy Dies In Darkness”) did not include a single quote from the Texas representative she basically accused of using the Bible to justify taking food from starving people. The story also incorrectly referred to “2 Thessalonians 3-10,” and wildly mischaracterized Rep. Jody Arrington’s statements on the verse.

While Arrington did reference 2 Thessalonians 3:10 (The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat) in a discussion of food stamps, he did not, as the WaPo article suggested, use it to argue unemployed people should not be allowed to eat.

After Sean Davis pointed out these mistakes and others in a piece for the Federalist Friday, someone at The Washington Post went through and majorly reworked the story. In fact, it appears the stealth edits are a direct answer to his piece. The story now includes the full quote from Arrington and other adjustments, although the incorrect verse reference remains.

Davis wrote:

There are a few problems … with that story from Washington Post reporter Caitlin Dewey: the lawmaker never said that, the Bible never says that, and the Washington Post article never even quotes the Texas Republican as saying that. In fact, the article doesn’t quote Arrington a single time. Not one word. Because democracy dies in darkness, or something.

Here’s what Arrington did say:

I did hear, Mr. Protas, your opening remarks where you quoted Leviticus, I believe, and I think that’s a great reflection on the character of God and the compassion of God’s heart and how we ought to reflect that compassion in our lives.

But, there’s also, the scripture tells us in 2 Thessalonians 3:10: “For even when we were with you we gave you this rule: ‘If a man will not work, he shall not eat.’” And then he goes on to say, “We hear that some among you are idle.”

I think that every American, Republican or Democrat, wants to help the neediest among us. And I think it’s a reasonable expectation that we have work requirements. I think that gives more credibility quite frankly, to SNAP. Tell me what is a reasonable and responsible work requirement as part of the SNAP program?

Following the stealth edits, Davis tweeted: “WaPo was forced to rewrite its garbage hit job, still left errors uncorrected, and refused to admit error. Boy is there egg on my face.”

Read the full post in the Federalist here.


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  • GPS Daddy

    There is a Judge who knows what was originally written AND the heart and intent behind the article at WoPo. Every word, every thought, every attitude, and every action will be judged by The Judge who’s judgement is absolutely true and correct. No one gets a pass on being judged. Neither money nor lack of money; neither privilege nor lack of privilege; neither elite nor non-elites will escape. So we should live our lives here is reverent fear. Looking to each other’s interests and needs ahead of our own.

  • Autrey Windle

    The objective with liars of power is that no one they disagree with is safe from having their words, ideas, actions or even thoughts protected from being twisted to lies, deceits and half-truths. The liars work for the enemy whether they acknowledge it or not. Their objective has multiple fronts; to incite the public, to change the narrative to suit their agenda, to change the direction of the country to be easier to control it’s people, and to frustrate anyone from speaking out against the PC agenda knowing they will not be given an honest interview, an unbiased report or freedom of speech that disagrees with the devil himself. I know; I used to be a radical leftist in the 70’s. I learned all the tricks at the knees of the radicals of the 60’s. These are the jerks whose children we are faced with fighting now. This is a war of the devil’s making and it is not joke. We can pray for our enemies, but we must also fight on all fronts armed with the full armor of God and bullet-proof vests occasionally. Satan and Soros never sleep and they never stop. They are very well aware that Christians will not kill the devil’s minions just because we know they are corrupt, perverse and evil. I will tell them they are fortunate we are not from another country with another religion that doesn’t see the possibility of repentance and forgiveness. In many other countries, these people would be killed for their lifestyle choices and their politics. Put that in your brains and watch them blow up trying to understand it, you idiot radical lemmings! You don’t know how lucky you are to still have a choice. If you don’t make the right one sooner than later, time will run out and you will find yourselves burning with your mentors in hell.

  • Aliquantillus

    With regard to the biblical verse in question, perhaps both the WP and Arrington got it wrong. II Thess. 3:10 doesn’t say that those who don’t work will not eat, but that those who are unwilling to work will not eat. The text says nothing about those who sadly lost their jobs and are unemployed through no fault of their own and are willing to work.

  • GregWhitenerel

    Where is the lie?? Arrington DID reference the passage and endorsed the idea. CHristians sure find it easy to lie about their political mistakes. But then Satan is the father of lies, is he not?Texans have always been fond of slavery and cheap labor and just as fond of demonizing those who perform cheap labor to enrich themselves.

  • Shiphrah Puah

    Lots of WaPo and NYT articles to take apart piece by piece in a journalism class or worldview class. GREAT article – this makes it so much easier to pull it together for the students. Thanks Stream!

  • Linda

    That’s what happens when a Christian wants to sound pious and quotes the Bible to an unbelieving audience. Don’t cast your pearls before swine. You are to love them, and demonstrate the word of God, not necessarily quoting the Bible chapter and verse. Besides, that verse from Thessalonians is an instruction to the Christian church, not society at large. While you can talk about Biblical principles to unbelievers and explain their benefits, when you quote chapter and verse to the unbeliever you’re itching for misunderstanding.

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