Pat Robertson is an American media mogul, religious leader, and former political candidate who has had a significant influence on the landscape of Christian broadcasting and conservative politics. Born on March 22, 1930, in Lexington, Virginia, Robertson pursued a diverse range of interests throughout his career.
Robertson graduated from Washington and Lee University with a law degree and briefly practiced law before shifting his focus to Christian ministry. In 1960, he founded the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), a television network that became one of the pioneering platforms for Christian television programming. CBN grew to include several entities, such as the Family Channel (now Freeform) and CBN News, which gained prominence for its conservative perspectives and coverage of religious and political topics.
As a televangelist, Robertson hosted the long-running program “The 700 Club,” which provided a mix of news, commentary, and religious content. The show became a significant platform for Robertson’s teachings and allowed him to engage with a broad audience.
Throughout his career, Robertson has been involved in various charitable and humanitarian initiatives. He founded Operation Blessing International, a humanitarian organization that provides disaster relief, medical missions, and other forms of assistance to people in need around the world. He also played a role in the establishment of Regent University, an evangelical Christian institution located in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
In addition to his religious endeavors, Robertson ventured into the political arena. In 1988, he sought the Republican nomination for the presidency but ultimately withdrew from the race. Throughout his career, he has been known for his neoconservative political views and has actively advocated for issues such as pro-life policies, traditional family values, religious freedom, and endless wars oversees.
Despite this resume in broadcasting, Pat Robertson has not held hardly any influence in conservative politics or Christian political engagement in over a decade. In 2012 he falsely prophesied that Mitt Romney would would be a two-term president.
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