Back when I read Gerald Flurry's extremely silly booklet, America Under Attack, (and learned that Gerald Flurry says President Obama is an Antichrist like figure) I was surprised to see that it seemed that Gerald Flurry or one of his underlings had been reading a book by the late Michael Hastings and watched an interview of him on MSNBC.
Normally PCG's writers have a strong tendency to read for the most part right wing news sources. They do sometimes quote left wing news sources but it is very rare.
Less surprising was how Gerald Flurry portrayed Michael Hastings in a very bad light in order to proclaim President Obama to be some sort of Antichrist like figure possessed by Satan and his demons.
Reporter Michael Hastings published a book called Panic 2012: The Sublime and Terrifying Inside Story of Obama’s Final Campaign. In it, he described the intriguing personal effect that the president would have on the journalists covering him on the campaign trail.(This ignores the fact that there are a lot of people opposing President Obama but in this silly booklet President Obama is nonsensically demonized as being all powerful and under Satanic influences.)
In an interview about his book, Hastings told MSNBC’s Martin Bashir, “But that’s the presence of Obama, even on the press corps—even on the people who follow him every day. When they’re near him, they lose their minds sometimes. They start behaving in ways that are juvenile, and amateurish, and they swoon” (emphasis mine throughout).
Can you explain that? What a terrible indictment against our media! What is going on? Reporters swooning and acting like nervous teenagers around a politician—is that normal? I don’t remember ever reading anything like this in American politics!
The mainstream media regularly just go along with what the president says, even at times when it can be easily proven false. What is causing such actions?
Even Hastings himself admitted to getting caught up in this behavior around the president. “I do,” he laughed. “I totally—oh man!”
This reporter thinks this is funny. Is it really funny? No, it is an unparalleled, colossal disaster!
Hastings described a recent opportunity he had to ask questions of the president. “Did I ask the hardball questions?” he admitted with a smile. “No, I did not”—opting instead to ask the “soft” questions.
Why would that happen? Can Satan have such an influence? Yes he can! And that is only the beginning! (Gerald Flurry, America Under Attack, Chapter 2, pp. 12-13.)
What happened? How did Gerald Flurry gain access to this source considering how rarely PCG ever pays attention to what left wingers are doing except to demonize them?
Turns out it is very likely Gerald Flurry simply got this information from a right wing news source, namely The Blaze (Jason Howerton "Reporter: Obama’s Press Corps Can’t Help But ‘Lose Their Minds’ and ‘Swoon’ When They’re in His ‘Presence’", January 24, 2013), as may be seen in this video from PCG.
This article is not mentioned in the booklet, America Under Attack.