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News Scope Daily Tickler

Date: Sep 19, 2019

Overall Summary- Overall yesterday the focus seems to have been on Iran, Israel, and the Infotariate but we will also explore the present state of the Christian worship industry which has seen a number of defections from the faith by leaders.

On Iran, debate began to emerge as to whether the US should intervene militarily to a claimed Iranian attack on Saudi oil: left out was the fact oil prices in the US spiked for only a day or two despite a loss of 5% of global oil production.

On Israel, results of the election provided no clear winner, with the two top parties, both more or less center to center-right, claiming a mandate to form a government. Left out is the fact that in Israel there is no credible left-win opposition and that this is a battle between center to center-right and more hard-right elements as well as between a secular and religious vision for Israel.

On the Infotariate, while serious stumbles by the Old Gray Lady, the New York Times, may further undermine credibility, the hold of the Infotariate over public opinion is not in credible danger.

As for the Christian music industry, it has grown to a value of over $800 million per year in global sales but it has not resulted in an improvement in the overall condition or position of the church in relation to the world at large.

The Old Gray Lady Stumbles

The infotariate continues to lose standing in the eyes of the public with recent partisan editing and poor journalistic standards. The treatment of a heresy claim by a partisan claimant, written by an author with a potential conflict of interest, against Justice Kavanaugh led to demands for impeachment by Democrats before the facts of the “news” came out. Posted through a New York Times opinion page, the story didn’t last 24-hours before it was substantively undermined.

While the right, and some centrist and left-leaning commentators, seemed to sound the alarm as the Infotariate’s demise, the truth is that in terms of money and audience size, the Infotariate is not “collapsing” or losing all credibility. It is more likely, while many people across the board might see the reporting of the latest Kavanuagh accusations as sloppy or even partisan, their behavior in terms of viewing and using these websites has not changed appreciably.

In other words, the Infotariate has not lost its hold over public opinion.

In Israel, It’s All About The Bennies!

Israel’s latest election sees The Blue and White Party led by Benny Gantz and Likud led by current Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu still in a state of flux as a clear winner has not emerged. These two Bennies are not so far apart in terms of overall policy but whereas The Blue and White learn more staunchly toward a more secular vision of Israel, Likud has partners who favor a more religious view of Israel.

All posturing aside about corruption and the “tone” Gantz claims Netenyahu sets, in substance the two parties offer mostly only a difference of leadership style.

As for the left, it appears they are in a small minority. Rumors and reports that the left worked to help boost Arab turnout, which sees the Arab List at a record of 15 seats in the Knesset, which requires a 61 seem majority, may or may not be true. But, if true, this further undermines the credibility of the left as a political force in Israeli politics.

Bombing Iran Is Not Just An Old Parody Song

In 1979 after the taking of American hostages a parody song was released called “Bomb Iran”, to the tune of Barbara Ann by the Beach Boys. But today that tune is being played in Saudi Arabia and Israel, as well as DC in the wake of allegations that Iran sent drones into Saudi oil fields causing a 20% reduction in Saudi output, an overall 5% reduction in world oil output.

Lost in all this debate about bombing Iran and who should do the bombing is the fact this major disruption of world oil supply had a very limited impact in the US. Today the US is a net oil and energy exporter, a fact many Democrats wish to change but with a focus on more expensive renewable energy to combat climate change. But the short-term benefit is that the US is not as subject to Mideast conflicts disrupting oil flows as it was in the past.

During the 70s the US faced an energy crisis thanks to an oil embargo by Arab countries over US support for Israel. This resulted in long lines at the gas pumps. Today, such an embargo would be devastating to the European economy but would not cause a decrease in the US oil supply.

A Sour Note For The Christian Worship Music Industry

Marty Sampson, worship leader at Hillsong, is one of a growing chorus of big-name talents, mostly singers, who have renounced some or all aspects of millennia’s-old moral and doctrinal Christian orthodoxy. On topics such as marriage and sexuality especially, there seems to be a tendency among “Christian artists” and “worship leaders’ to stray from the orthodoxies of the Christian faith.

The deeper question being asked is, “were they ever of the faith” and is the Body of Christ elevating people based on the ability to entertain as opposed to character and spiritual maturity? This trend is causing some to seriously question the entire “worship music” industry and movement. While present numbers for the annual revenue for Christian music are hard to come by, it would appear that the industry is worth upwards to $800 million to over $1 Billion per year in sales.

Considering the current moral and doctrinal state of many churches and denominations, and the decreasing influence of Christianity in any form within society, it would not appear that this new focus on music has improved things overall for the church, although it is hard to say whether or not the worship music industry is responsible for this state of affairs or just symptomatic of it.