New York Daily News “Cherry Picks” its Own Facts on Tim Tebow

The media just can’t stand it when a pro-lifer is popular.  While Tim Tebow was voted the most popular athlete in the nation by an ESPN poll and named #10 on the Forbes Most Influential Athletes List, all the New York Daily News can talk about is how Tim Tebow has received “widespread criticism.”  Here’s what they have to say in a new article where they discuss the pro-life ad aired by Focus on the Family with Tim and Pam Tebow in 2010:

Tebow, who is well known for his staunch religious beliefs, received widespread criticism after he appeared in the 2010 spot. The second-year quarterback, who is the son of an evangelical preacher, discussed in that commercial how his mother was told to have an abortion when she was pregnant with him.

The commercial comes at the tail end of a season where Tebow’s religious beliefs have been often discussed – and mocked – by Jimmy Fallon, Bill Maher and “Saturday Night Live.”

What a lovely invention of facts, inaccuracies, exaggerations, and cherry-picking.  First, if you’ve seen the 2010 commercial, it’s pretty inaccurate to say that Tim Tebow “discussed” anything in it.  His mom told a little bit of their story (though if you didn’t know the facts, you wouldn’t even know doctors recommended that she abort Tim), and Tim came in and tackled her.  If the New York Daily News wants to call a tackle a discussion, I guess a lot more hard discussions go on during football games than I thought.

Now, is it accurate to say that millions of Americans went to Focus on the Family’s website after the ad aired and read the “full Tebow story”?  Yes.  That would be an accurate statement.  Did the ad compel many to rethink their positions on abortion?  Yes.  But please, media, let’s talk about what actually happened instead of just spouting off rhetoric to make your anti-life, anti-Tebow position sound better.

It’s also a BIG exaggeration to state that Tim Tebow received “widespread criticism” without even hinting at all the people who absolutely loved and lauded the commercial.  Naturally, when a public figure takes a public position on a publicly controversial issue, he will be criticized.  But he will also be praised.  The New York Daily News conveniently leaves out that part of the story.

More than anything, I think I love how the Daily News “cherry picks” Jimmy Fallon, Bill Maher, and Saturday Night Live as examples of what people think about Tim Tebow’s religious beliefs.  What a great bunch to choose as examples.  Now, if the goal of the Daily News was to state that these outlets have mocked Tebow’s Christianity, fine.  But, they also state that his religious beliefs have been discussed, and they give no examples except those who have mocked him.  Can you get more biased?  There are many who go out of their way to praise Tebow for his Christian example and to make a point of how well-liked he is, despite those who criticize him.  See here and here.

Forbes reports the facts accurately when they state:

One other thing about Tebow: his reputation for clean living and willingness to show his Christian faith publicly mostly serve to make him popular, though it’s a bit polarizing. The 13% of respondents who say they “dislike” Tebow or “dislike him a lot” is the most of anyone but James (15%), even as many more claim to like him.

While pro-lifers love the fact that Tebow is in the spotlight…and is extremely popular right now…we have to recognize the fact that the abortion industry and the media that supports them don’t love it at all.  They’ll fight tooth and nail to make Tebow look stupid and irrelevant.  However, based on his popularity, I’m pretty sure the average Joe can see through these silly attacks on Tebow’s Christianity and pro-life beliefs.  He is having an influence, no matter who wishes he wasn’t.

Tim Tebow’s memoir, “Through My Eyes” (a New York Times’ Bestseller) gives an awesome testament to the courage of women who choose to keep their babies, despite the risks and hardships to themselves.  And it also demonstrates the influence that one saved life can have on the rest of the world.  Tebow believes in the heart of the pro-life movement.  He’s experienced it firsthand, and he writes, “God challenges us to change the world.  And to accomplish this, He asks us to change it one life at a time.”

  • taxiphyllum

    I’m an avowed atheist, but honestly who cares what religion or how devoted he is?  The man plays a sport.  Nothing more.

    I do think it is odd thought hat he prays to win football games while millions of children pray to be able to eat; I would like to think gawd would be worried about other endeavors besides helping the Broncos win a super bowl. 

    No, the media doesn’t hate a pro-lifer, most of this country is at least a lip-service xtian.  He is just an unabashed showoff.  Remember the media furor over Ochocinco’s antics?  

    • Anonymous

      Tebow prays to thank God. He has never said the God causes him to win or lose. The media has portrayed Tebow praying to win when he hasn’t said anything like that himself. The media likes to create a reality that isn’t based on what a person actually says. I encourage you to watch Tebow’s post game press conferences off of the Denver Broncos website yourself and see.

  • taxiphyllum

    I’m an avowed atheist, but honestly who cares what religion or how devoted he is?  The man plays a sport.  Nothing more.

    I do think it is odd thought hat he prays to win football games while millions of children pray to be able to eat; I would like to think gawd would be worried about other endeavors besides helping the Broncos win a super bowl. 

    No, the media doesn’t hate a pro-lifer, most of this country is at least a lip-service xtian.  He is just an unabashed showoff.  Remember the media furor over Ochocinco’s antics?  

    • Djushi

      He does more than play a sport, that’s what everyone’s talking about! We care what he believes because we believe it, seriously believe it, we stake our lives on our belief.

      We Christians pray about everything. I pray about what God wants me to do with my life, I pray for my friends in 3rd world countries (yes, friends), that God will provide for them, I pray for inspiration in my writing, I pray that my sick pets won’t die, and if I were Tim I’d pray to win a football game, adding as we do: ‘Your will be done.’

      As I understand, God provides for some children through Tim Tebow … am I right? I’m not in the US so I’m not all that familiar with your sports and stuff. But I heard he volunteers in 3rd world countries too … presumably using money he made after winning a game of football that he’d prayed to win?

      As for being an unabashed showoff …! We’ve actually got something to show off. Not us – our Lord. And I’m glad if Tim Tebow boasts of the Lord!

      • Kristiburtonbrown

        Yes, you’re quite right that Tebow gives A LOT of his money to help others.  He builds hospitals or hospital wings in the U.S. and the Philippines (maybe elsewhere, I’m not sure).  He helps to support an orphanage.  He does special things (and pays for them) for disabled and sick kids and adults in the U.S.  Anyone who has read enough about him knows that he is all about his Savior and other people.  He is about as humble as they come…

    • http://twitter.com/MarauderTheSN Marauder

      To Christians, God is capable of everything; praying to win the Super Bowl doesn’t mean that God has to take time away from helping children eat to listen to prayers about the Super Bowl. God has the capacity to be worried about everything from my missing glove to world peace.

      Tim Tebow doesn’t just play a sport, he’s putting money into helping kids in the 
      Philippines. Opinions are one thing, but saying all he does is play a sport is factually inaccurate.

    • KJQ

      The primary reason for Christian prayer is to acknowledge (implicitly and explicitly) that God is omnipotent, omniscient, and the One to whom we all owe allegiance and obedience as He is sovereign. Yes, ‘requests’ are one reason to pray, but there are many others.

      God, being these things, not only cares about the results of football games, but every other event that happens everywhere in the world, every moment. Could a human do this? No – but He’s God.  Further, everything that happens is part of His divine plan (yes, good and bad).

  • Pk1776

    TIm Tebow is mocked about his belief in God, but helps Broncos beat the Steelers on the first play of overtime.  Tebow ends the game with 316 passing yards, and with 10 completions his per pass avg. is 31.6 yards.  Quite a coincidence.  Could this be God at work?  The next week the Broncos lose 45-10.  Tim Tebow and the Broncos are done.  I thought maybe there is a message in this game also.  
    Isaiah 45:10 …Woe to the one who says to a father,    ‘What have you begotten?’ or to a mother,    ‘What have you brought to birth?’ 

    • Anonymous

      You could correlate any football game score with a Bible verse. I admire Tebow, but don’t make him out to be something that he isn’t. 

    • LowlyOne

      Interesting enough the Isaiah passage is about respecting life. I’m not against useing Tebow’s stats to look up bible passages. All the bible is good for reading so we can’t go wrong.

  • Anonymous

    The media has an agenda and it is illustrated in how they tell they story that they want to tell, not the story that is.

  • oldmanbob

    Jesus told us that we who love Him can expect to be treated as He was.   Welcome Tim, it can get mean; Jesus is in charge and in the end He wins!

    • Anonymous

      Tim Tebow is treated worlds better than Jesus was. How much is he paid? How many people love him? I respect Tebow, but don’t make him out to be something that he’s not. 

  • http://twitter.com/RooForLife RooForLife

    To bad the Broncos support Komen http://www.denverbroncos.com/community/community-programs/susan-g-komen-for-the-cure-foundation.html
     Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains is on the Denver Komen Grant Recipients & Resource List page 5 http://www.komendenver.org/site/DocServer/2011_12_komen_denver_grantee_list.pdf?docID=3821 Every penny given to Planned Parenthood keeps their doors open. In 2010 Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains killed 10,408 unborn through abortion http://www.plannedparenthood.org/rocky-mountains/files/RockyMountains/PPRM_AR10_FinalDraft.pdf  
    Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains is on the Denver Komen Grant Recipients & Resource List page 5 http://www.komendenver.org/site/DocServer/2011_12_komen_denver_grantee_list.pdf?docID=3821
    Every penny given to Planned Parenthood keeps their doors open. In 2010 Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains killed 10,408 unborn through abortion
     
    http://www.plannedparenthood.org/rocky-mountains/files/RockyMountains/PPRM_AR10_FinalDraft.pdf