News Outlets Should Hire More Christians
Matt Lewis says newspapers, others missing key part of society
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2013 11:32 AM CDT

(Newser) – Newspapers and other media outlets might like to trumpet how their diverse staffs reflect a diverse nation, but Matt Lewis at the Week thinks they're falling short in one key area: Christians. Generally speaking, people of faith are hard to find in journalism, which results in a secular bias that too often casts Christians as "fringe characters," he writes. "Media outlets who want to understand America should at least have a few journalists hanging around who share—or at least, aren't hostile to—the Christian faith."

The lack of diversity shows up in more subtle ways, too, including "selection bias." Lewis refers to a recent column in USA Today by Kirsten Powers, who can't understand why the grisly trial of Pennsylvania abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell—accused of killing infants who were born alive during abortions—isn't getting more national attention. "Powers' faith no doubt informs her journalism, probably making it more likely that she will cover stories about abortion and human trafficking that some of her colleagues might not be as likely to explore," writes Lewis. Click for his full column.

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Apr 17, 2013 8:16 AM CDT
Ah, but what 'kind' of Christians? Certainly those from one faction don't represent another, witness Westboro. We could do with NEWS and not speculation. NEWS and honest reporting, not slanted semi-journalism with denominational agenda. The Bible isn't the Bible you know - there is a reason it's a 'version'
Apr 15, 2013 9:31 PM CDT
Now this article I completely agree with!
Apr 15, 2013 2:50 PM CDT
Christians, Mormons and JW's have lots of journalists in their zealotry: Tune in FOXNews and you'll get their slant along with ultra rightwing fanaticism.