NYT claims TX evangelicals flocking to 'Beto'

Thursday, October 11, 2018
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

NYT Beto women storyThe New York Times is being accused of "fake news" after claiming evangelical women in Texas support Democratic candidate "Beto" O'Rourke.

The liberal newspaper seemingly rustled up five self-described Texas evangelicals who claim they are Republican voters but are so upset with President Donald Trump they are refusing to cast a ballot for Sen. Ted Cruz on Election Day.

"Beto O'Rourke May Benefit From an Unlikely Support Group: White Evangelical Women," reads the headline of the Oct. 9 story by reporter Elizabeth Dias. The story states:

In the Senate race, one of the most unexpectedly tight in the nation, any small shift among evangelical voters — long a stable base for Republicans — could be a significant loss for Mr. Cruz, who, like President Trump, has made white evangelicals the bulwark of his support.

Cruz and Beto debateBut the story that describes how white evangelical women "woke up" and are rebelling against their husbands, churches, and the Republican Party is a desperate and laughable attempt to help O'Rourke, says Janet Mefferd, a radio talk show host at American Family Radio

"From a propaganda standpoint, The New York Times would like to believe the narrative that white evangelical women can be flipped in the state of Texas from red to blue," she says. "But I see absolutely no evidence of that living in Texas myself."

Mefferd, a former newspaper reporter, is known to her listeners for digging into the news events of the day, such as the controversial Revoice conference held earlier this year and, more recently, the Azusa Pacific University and its now-yanked student conduct policy that welcomed open homosexuals and lesbians on campus.

One discovery is that one pro-Beto supporter quoted in the story is involved in Seek the Peace, a non-profit agency that helps refugees and immigrants, and opposes President Trump's border policies. Immigration is a major topic in the story but that fact is also omitted --- except for noting that the woman, Tess Clarke, sells candles made by refugees. 

Janet Mefferd"I care as much about babies at the border as I do about babies in the womb,” Clarke, the group's co-founder, told the newspaper, which described her as "mortified" by her voting decisions in the past. 

“When I look at Cruz, I think he sees Republican politics," a second woman, Kelsey Hency, told the Times. "When I look at Beto, I think he sees vulnerable people who need to be supported.”

The story goes on to suggest that O'Rourke is reaching out to Evangelicals by recently sitting down for a podcast interview with Jen Hatmaker.

The story describes Hatmaker as a "Christian author" who enjoys a following of thousands of evangelical women, but many others know Hatmaker for her far-left views about same-sex marriage and the "social justice" movement.

Mefferd tells OneNewsNow that the irony of the story is that polling from a firm working for Cruz shows 87 percent of Evangelicals support Cruz compared to 11 percent for O'Rourke. 

A poll cited by The New York Times itself shows Cruz leading O'Rourke 52-43.

"This is activism. This is political activism," Mefferd told her audience the day after the story published. "This is not news."  


10/12/18: This story has been updated. 

Editor's Note: American Family Radio is a division of the American Family Association, the parent organization of American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.

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