Billy Graham Lives And Colonel McCormick Rolls Over In His Grave

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By John Hubbuch

On page 8 of Section 1 of my Sunday Tribune there is a full page ad with a giant picture of Billy Graham with flowing white hair looking like a Biblical prophet. Billy's message encouraged a "vote for biblical values" which include "protection of the sanctity of life and support of  the biblical definition of marriage between a man and woman." ( I did not know the Bible had a definitions section)  Billy also urged  a vote for candidates that 'support the nation of Israel."  How about Canada?               

I thought the Reverend Graham was dead. I guess I had him confused with Andy Rooney  or Lawrence Welk. I'm pretty sure they are dead. I think Rev Graham should stick to the pulpit and shepherd the spiritual lives of his  flock. I don't need his  warped , narrow , old white guy insights. But as Billy noted this election could be his last. So he's got that going for him. Which is nice.                    

In the same paper the Trib endorsed Barack Obama for president. Colonel McCormick, the archtypal Reblican founder of the paper , is no doubt rolling over in his grave. I suspect the endorsement was part of a business  strategy. Obama is from Chicago and will enjoy overwhelming electoral support. There's no reason to allienate readers of the paper in a time of subscription decline. None the less it is quite amazing to contemplate the Trib's endorsement of  someone the Colonel would have considered a Socialist. Heck. Maybe someday the Cubs will win the World Series. Naaah.

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Edwin Garcia from Oak Park  

Posted: January 2nd, 2013 5:23 PM

I saw the same ad and found it rather refreshing. Don't you think Rev. Graham is afforded the same First Amendment rights as you are Mr. Hubbuch? I think if you read Leviticus, it would enlighten you a bit regarding biblical values. Never understood how a media outlet that claims to be "fair & balanced" can endorse a candidate. Sounds hypocritical to me. Why not just report the news and let the readers decide. I suspect that a Trib endorsement doesn't sway many voters anyway.

Dave Coulter  

Posted: October 31st, 2012 3:25 PM

Wow. The Trib is getting soft. I remember a time when they always (and I mean daily) printed bad stuff about Clinton.

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