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. (Read more Kermit Gosnell stories.)