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Rick Warren and Rupert Murdoch Merge Their Purpose Driven Lives

Reported by Melanie - December 24, 2006 -

A Cash-is-King Christmas

This afternoon (December 24, 2006) at 3:00 p.m. ET, Fox's David Asman will host a Fox News "exclusive" presentation titled: "Purpose Driven Life: Can Rick Warren Change the World?" The "exclusive" will re-air at 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. ET, and again on Christmas Day at 1:00 a.m. ET. In the show's promo, Fox promises to,

[S]how you how Pastor Warren became one of the most influential religious leaders in America and built one of the largest evangelical churches in the nation.

If you miss the show, Fox News is offering a DVD through a "special offer" posted at the link above: Purchase the "Purpose Driven Life: Can Rick Warren Change the World?" DVD for only $19.99 (plus shipping and handling) by calling (800) 933-0760 or through foxnewsshop.com. Hurry — supplies won't last!

If you luck out there, you can buy Warren's book via the publishing house Zondervan, or you can contact Zondervan's parent company, News Corp., Fox's parent company.

At the end of Fox's "exclusive," Warren, whose website is PurposeDriven.com, will invite viewers to go to ThePeacePlan.com, which is, "the response and resources website for the Saddleback Christmas Services broadcast on Fox News." At PeacePlan, viewers can, "register their spiritual decision or interest in finding a church" as PeacePlan is, "creating a 'Church Finder' list of every qualified church in our network." It says that,

Your church needs to be on that list so people in your area can find you! People who request follow-up information from the website will give us their name, email, and ZIP code. Then we’ll send you the names of people in your area who are looking for a church! We’re paying for this. It’s free to you and other churches in our network...

If you miss the Purpose Driven special altogether, be sure to catch Fox's broadcast of Warren's Christmas service from his Saddleback church (notice Fox's logo on the homepage) in Lake Forest, California. Fox will air that on December 24 at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. ET, and again on December 25 at 12:00 midnight ET, 10:00 a.m. ET, and 2:00 p.m. ET.

Comment: Could anything be more insidious? Nine hours of Rick Warren over a 23-hour period. News Corp. (that's News Corp.) uses Fox News to promote Warren who promotes Fox and around and around we go.

I wonder whether Warren will share the PeacePlan list with anyone. Sorry but my imagination's running wild: Warren gives "the list" to Murdoch who gives it to Karl Rove?

Oh, and by the way, we News Hounds seem to have missed the listing for the Hanukkah special Fox aired nine times and the nine air times for its Kwanzaa special. If anyone runs across that info, please let us know. Thanks in advance.

For more on the hundreds of times Fox News has promoted News Corp.'s products see: Dear America: You're Making Me Rich, Rich, Rich! Thanks so Much. Love Ya, Rupert.