The NBC Today Show gave 10 minutes this morning to a story billed on its Web site as “Couple Sheds 551 Pounds with Prayer.” It glowingly described a “mass” movement of a million people “exercising faith to fight fat.”
With testimonial after testimonial about couples who turned from the refrigerator to God, instead, it turns out that the real method is not prayer but lifestyle change. Host Matt Lauer tried to ask the tough questions of diet book shill Gwen Shablin, including whether failing to lose weight means failing God.
As evasion after evasion followed, Lauer fell to his metaphorical knees, informing his guest and the audience of millions eating their bagels and cream cheese, “I am not a critic or a cynic, because to me the proof is in the pudding.”
No proof was ever offered for the link between prayer and weight loss. Lots of journalistic pudding, however.