The mainstream news media, derided by some critics as liberally biased, actually overemphasizes the importance of religious conservatives, according to findings announced by two progressive-oriented groups based in Washington.
Media Matters for America and Faith in Public Life released the report, “Left Behind: The Skewed Representation of Religion in the Major News Media,” at a May 29 news conference. It said that between the 2004 elections and the end of 2006, prominent conservative religious leaders were interviewed, quoted or mentioned 2.8 times more than were prominent moderate or liberal religious leaders.
When considering only television news, the disparity was higher: for every story that mentioned or quoted a religious progressive, 3.8 stories mentioned or quoted conservatives. The difference was less dramatic in newspaper stories, but conservatives still outnumbered progressives by more than two to one.