Macswain

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Conservative Christians Victimized Through Media Overrepresentation

I don't know if there is a more annoying rant than that of Conservative Christians claiming to be victims of the media.

Media Matters, however, has done a study that has bore some fruit for this rant.

Among the study's key findings:

* Combining newspapers and television, conservative religious leaders were quoted, mentioned, or interviewed in news stories 2.8 times as often as were progressive religious leaders.
* On television news -- the three major television networks, the three major cable new channels, and PBS -- conservative religious leaders were quoted, mentioned, or interviewed almost 3.8 times as often as progressive leaders.
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In major newspapers, conservative religious leaders were quoted, mentioned, or interviewed 2.7 times as often as progressive leaders.


Maybe Christian conservatives wouldn't look so bad if the Pat Robertsons and Bill Donohues weren't on the airwaves all the time. Maybe if the media quit referring to conservative Christians by their chosen nick of "morals voters," others wouldn't be so offended by such arrogance.

2 Comments:

  • Isn't a "progressive religious leader" a contradiction in terms?

    The term "progressive" generally connotes one whose values are in line with secular humanism.

    Someone like,,,er,,,, Macswain!

    By Anonymous get it right, at 8:16 PM  

  • Conservatives love to see the world as us vs. them. If you see the rest of the world as doing Satan's work, then you know you're on God's side. You don't have to consider your own hypocrisy. And, when other people point it out, they're doing Satan's work, not making a valid point. It's a very clean way to look at the world.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:53 PM  

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