Brian Lambert uses the time-tested MSM gambit for critics of the media.
First, label their analysis as emotionaL, or "worked up."
Second, deny or belittle the claim. Unfortunately for Lambert, when he writes "TPT might have flubbed it, but MacMillian/McAulay was ID’d as an “activist” by others, if not a leader of the anti-gay “ministry”/radio show “You Can Run But You Can Not Hide[,]” he fails to identify those traditional news sources which did identify MacMillian/MaAulay's ministry (and they were, other than Andy Birkey at MNIndy,whom exactly?)--or to explain why "activist" furthers public understanding.
My original post:
Governor Dayton is earning high marks for his civility to friend and foe alike at yesterday's event, but the legacy media's wan performance in identifying those who sought to disrupt the bully pulpit is another matter.
It's provocative for a citizen to call for government to get out of health care, and let the churches provide for the poor. And that young man has a right to speak, as Governor Dayton honorably and quietly pointed out to the press and assembled public alike.
It's approaching journalistic malfeasance for the press to lack the curiosity to ask a simple "five W" question about "who" that young man at the podium might be. It's their duty to ask such questions, a responsibility implied in the freedom of the press.
In short, in this age of civility, please realise that Google Is Your Friend (GIYF), Minnesota Public Television et al. With Mark Dayton serving as Governor and providing a model of decorous and gracious behavior, I promise not to use the potty mouth version of the acronym.
In return, I ask you to do your jobs and indentify those who insert themselves into the public discourse. Indeed, developing the slight amount of curosity in the Internet age might help you better understand the material you craft into "news." Almanac identified Jake MacMillian as "citizen" in the screenshot above. But he's much more than that, and informing viewers and readers about that identity serves the public interest.
After all, this "ministry" is no stranger to the political storyline that led to Dayton's election; Jake MacMillian/ McAulay's fellow "minister" Bradlee Dean played a strong supporting role last year. Dean's radio approval of kindred spirits in murderous homophobia was a key piece in the "Target supports an anti-gay politician" narrative that led many to boycott the retailer.
Fortunately, the not-so-rocking-chair media is online to help. Ripple in Stillwater asks some key questions about what Jake's own church might be doing for the poor in Punk anti-gay 'minister' tells Governor Dayton churches should provide health care for the poor. Answer: not much.
MacAulay raises some interesting points—especially considering he’s supposedly a paid ordained minister in a church himself. So as long as he’s asking, where is MacAulay’s “church” in all this?
I’ve spent a lot of time in the past few weeks looking into MacAulay’s mysterious “church” and have found virtually nothing about what it does or who it serves—other than the tens of thousands of dollars in grants it has received from its sister “ministry” YCR, and the $360,000 Annandale property it once owned that’s the home of Bradley Dean Smith, aka Bradlee Dean.
MacAulay is listed as the “agent” and “incorporator” of Old Paths Church, Inc. and YCR in filings with the State of Minnesota. The mission of Old Paths Church, its Articles of Incorporation state, “is to proclaim the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, to develop Christian leadership, to perform charitable work and to otherwise function as a church.” Nothing about providing medical help for the poor, as he so eloquently demanded of his fellow church brethren.
There are no expenses reported for indigent medical services—or any other kind of medical services—in the tax filings, state filings or an independent audit of You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International. Nor are there any other expenses listed that could conceivably be related to medical services. No tax records are available for Old Paths Church, which shares the same Annandale address as YCR.
RIS blogger Karl Bremer suggests that Jake should share his own ministry for the poor--a move that would also make his identity easily discoverable by the legacy press:
The next time “Pastor” MacAulay decides to take the podium and preach about what churches should be doing for the poor, perhaps he should stick around to enlighten his congregation as to what his own Old Paths Church is doing in that capacity. Or what it’s doing in any capacity, other than trying to shelter its income from the government.
At Dump Bachmann, Ken Avidor--another discipline of this arcane "Google" tool--looks at reportage from the opposing side in Bradlee Dean's Ministry Posts Video of "Son of Liberty" Crashing Governor's Press Conference.
One thing curious readers learn from Avidor's post--if they didn't know this already--Jake and his partner in crime Bradlee Dean also have a radio show. So Citizen Jake is not only a minister, but media himself, though apparently not bound by any ethical constraints to identify himself as a radio host. The curious might wish to listen on Saturday.
Avidor also points out that Jake didn't pop his protest cherry in Dayton's reception room:
This isn't the first time Jake has disrupted a political gathering - Jake crashed a DFL meet & greet in Cokato months ago and "confronted" gubernatorial candidate John Marty on his support for marriage equality (video here).
A curious narrative arc indeed, but not one the public will find on the pages of the credentialled press, save for MnIndy's sharp-eyed Birkey.
Screenshots: TPT identifies Jake MacMillian as "Citizen." (via Dump Bachmann, above); Minnpost's commentary about this post--because there's no finer way to belittle a post about the "who" in the five Ws than to spell the critic's name wrong (below).