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There’s been a bunch of talk in social media about an interview Janet Mefferd conducted with Pastor Mark Driscoll.
Here is where I first heard the interview:
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The interview begins with Ms. Mefferd asking about Driscoll’s appearance at John MacArthur’s Strange Fire Conference. And then the topic changes to Mefferd’s assertions that Driscoll used intellectual material from Peter Jones in his new book – 14 pages worth of material and that Driscoll failed to properly give credit to Jones.
There has been much discussion about this interview. Generally, people who dislike Driscoll and his antics had a lot of praise for Mefferd’s interview. I do not care for bully pastors, especially ones who use their position of authority inappropriately. However, something didn’t sit right with me about this interview.
Here is part of a comment I left at The Wartburg Watch blog:
I might be the odd one out here and I’m sure people know I have issues with Driscoll up front. However, I was left with mixed feelings after the Driscoll interview. I heard the dropped call, but can’t be certain that it was intentional. I also wonder what Mefferd told Driscoll in advance of the interview as to the direction of the show. Interviewers always have an advantage because they do the questioning, have the direction they want to go, etc. She certainly had her ducks in a row from the details of the Strange Fire escapade, the book he failed to give proper citing, referred to a specific sermon Driscoll spoke on “do not steal,” etc. Those details did not come out of a hat. It seemed there were jabs going both directions and I don’t think that all of his jabs were inappropriate considering the level of hounding she did since she had the upper hand with the interview’s agenda.
More conversation on this interview was found on this Twitter exchange. You might recognize some familiar names.
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But then I found this sound clip that wasn’t part of the original interview I heard above:
Raw audio of final 2:00 minutes of Pastor Mark Driscoll’s controversial interview with radio host Janet Mefferd: HERE
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All of this leaves me with more questions. What is going on here? Did Mark Driscoll hang up on Janet Mefferd or not? If he did not, why is Mefferd saying that he did?
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Update: Just minutes after hitting “publish,” I found a tweet from Janet Mefferd indicating a note on her Facebook page. Here is the link and the key sentences from her producer, Bobby Belt:
FOR THE RECORD, Janet DID NOT hang up on Pastor Driscoll, nor did WE cut the interview short. We also edited nothing for the final playback.
Janet is a Christian and a journalist. She would never doctor an interview or betray her Christian testimony or journalistic ethics.
The Janet Mefferd Show
- Mark Driscoll peeved at Janet Mefferd and hangs up–“you’re rude and unkind” (peterlumpkins.typepad.com)
- Misdirection & Spin (julesdiner.me)
- Mark Driscoll accused of plagiarism by radio host, Jonathan Merritt