Updates on Russell Moore: WaPo backtracks; Frank Page refutes WaPo story, Nathan Finn clarifies WaPo quotes; Page/Moore release statement

Reformed Theology Updates on Russell Moore: WaPo backtracks; Frank Page refutes WaPo story, Nathan Finn clarifies WaPo quotes; Page/Moore release statement
Updates on Russell Moore: WaPo backtracks; Frank Page refutes WaPo story, Nathan Finn clarifies WaPo quotes; Page/Moore release statement

I know that the news on the Russell Moore front is coming in fast this evening, but I wanted to offer a compenduum of all of the late-day clarifications and breaking news, including clarification from Frank Page and Nathan Finn, both of whom were quoted in this morning's WaPo Article.

First, early in the morning, the WaPo author clarified that "nothing in [her] story suggests Moore might be fired." Personally, I think that's not entirely accurate, but so be it.

Second, noted SBC historian Nathan Finn, who was quoted in the WaPo article, issued his own clarification via Facebook. He doesn't say that the WaPo article was misleading, but he strongly clarifies that he was being interviewed as a historian. In his clarification, he bluntly states that "it would be an unmitigated disaster for Southern Baptists if [Moore] was pressured into resigning."

Third, SBC pastor Brent Hobbs spoke directly with the communications director at the the Executive Committee, where Frank Page is the president. They denied that Page ever made any comments about firing Moore. Basically, the WaPo reporter asked: "Are you going to ask Moore to resign?" to which page replied: "I have no comment." The reporter then ran with the line that Page "would not rule out the possibility that he could ask Moore to resign."

Fourth, after the meeting together, Page and Moore issued a joint statement. The Baptist Press ran with the story and also includes further statements from Page regarding how the WaPo reporter took the comments out of context.

If there are any further developments or new links, I'll try to include them at the top of this thread. Feel free to let me know if I've missed anything.

Edit 1: WaPo reporter tweeted an update after Page and Moore released their joint statement.

Edit 2: It appears that, at 7:35 p.m., the WaPo author updated the original story significantly. She added a lot of Page's quotes and added a chunk of the joint statement from Page and Moore.

I know that the news on the Russell Moore front is coming in fast this evening, but I wanted to offer a compenduum of all of the late-day clarifications and breaking news, including clarification from Frank Page and Nathan Finn, both of whom were quoted in this morning's WaPo Article.

First, early in the morning, the WaPo author clarified that "nothing in [her] story suggests Moore might be fired." Personally, I think that's not entirely accurate, but so be it.

Second, noted SBC historian Nathan Finn, who was quoted in the WaPo article, issued his own clarification via Facebook. He doesn't say that the WaPo article was misleading, but he strongly clarifies that he was being interviewed as a historian. In his clarification, he bluntly states that "it would be an unmitigated disaster for Southern Baptists if [Moore] was pressured into resigning."

Third, SBC pastor Brent Hobbs spoke directly with the communications director at the the Executive Committee, where Frank Page is the president. They denied that Page ever made any comments about firing Moore. Basically, the WaPo reporter asked: "Are you going to ask Moore to resign?" to which page replied: "I have no comment." The reporter then ran with the line that Page "would not rule out the possibility that he could ask Moore to resign."

Fourth, after the meeting together, Page and Moore issued a joint statement. The Baptist Press ran with the story and also includes further statements from Page regarding how the WaPo reporter took the comments out of context.

If there are any further developments or new links, I'll try to include them at the top of this thread. Feel free to let me know if I've missed anything.

Edit 1: WaPo reporter tweeted an update after Page and Moore released their joint statement.

Edit 2: It appears that, at 7:35 p.m., the WaPo author updated the original story significantly. She added a lot of Page's quotes and added a chunk of the joint statement from Page and Moore.

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Submitted March 13, 2017 at 05:56PM by CiroFlexo