Everyone knows most mainstream newsrooms are overrepresented by cynical secular humanists — and underrepresented by people of (any) faith. When one considers that 77 percent of Americans identify as Christians, it stands to reason that while people of faith are in short supply in the press, Christians are vastly underrepresented in the mainstream media.
The recent news blackout surrounding the Gosnell abortion clinic trial was a prime example of why this matters. Normally, I would argue the trope that this is about liberal media bias, and that we needed more conservatives in journalism to correct the situation. But it took an Evangelical Christian who happens to be a political liberal named Kirsten Powers to write about it at USA Today, and thus, drive the story into the mainstream.
That, in a nutshell, is what my latest column at The Week was about. It’s pretty simple and innocuous, really. And yet, some are making the absurd suggestion that some sort of anti-Semitism might be behind this column.
This is a good example of how Twitter narratives develop, so I want to show the quick evolution of a meme here.
The initial response to my column was very positive.
— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) April 12, 2013
Then came some skepticism.
— Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) April 12, 2013
Finally (at least, for now), we landed here:
— John Cook (@johnjcook) April 12, 2013
— HuffPost Media (@HuffPostMedia) April 12, 2013
— Daniel Gross (@grossdm) April 12, 2013