Media v Evangelicals 2018 part 10

This is the last of a series. Yes; I know it is 2019; this is late because government shutdown. I will provide an index to the other entries in a comment. I have been posting periodically on the hostile coverage of Evangelicals on the part of Big News Media. It is clear that a large driving force in the hostile media accounts was Donald Trump. Big Media has sought to divide Evangelicals from President Trump. They sought to divide Evangelicals from each other, they trashed Evangelicals at every opportunity, and primarily they sought to convince Evangelicals not to vote for President Trump or for any politician who expressed support for President Trump. They wanted Evangelicals to believe it was hypocritical for Christians to support President Trump. They wanted Evangelicals to believe that Republicans were all going to lose badly so it was a waste of time to vote. I don’t know how much success they actually achieved, but they were hard at work to accomplish real voter suppression, while spouting accusations of voter suppression at Republicans.

The cascade of articles seemed to abate, oddly, during the runup to the midterm elections. That was primarily because all of Big Media was in full hair-on-fire excitement over the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. They got themselves worked up real good, anticipating a major defeat for President Trump, and they focused all their energy on that. Other issues were pushed aside. Then, with about two weeks before election day, they resumed running attacks on Evangelical voters.

There was nothing really notable. It was just the usual stuff that I have been observing in nine previous posts in 2018.

Journalists

I did observe some interesting postmortems about the awfulness of mass media news in the runup to the midterm elections. My favorite media critics at GetReligion put up the best ones. They are putting a happy face on the field of journalism. Mostly they are explaining to Evangelicals just why they have been trashed so badly for years, and attributing the problem to ignorance rather than malice.

In part, I see their point. Journalists as a group are very ignorant when it comes to matters of religion. While 80 percent of Americans generally say they “believe in God,” this is only true for 20 percent of journalists. In comparison to average Americans, journalists are three times as likely to say they are Atheist, and five times as likely to say they are Agnostic. Journalists either grew up without religion at home, or in homes with mixed religions, or else they are openly hostile to the faith of their parents.

Journalists do not recognize religious jargon and do not understand the differences between religious groups. Ignorance on their part can go a long way to explaining a lot of bad reporting on religious people and religious issues.

Pew Gap

But there is a lingering matter of open hostility on the part of journalists expressed towards people of faith.  This explains some anti-Catholic bias and general anti-Christian bias.

As Leftists, journalists also share a hostility to all conservatives. This shows up as the “pew gap.” The pew gap is a phenomenon that first got talked about in the 1980s. People who attend regular worship services are more likely to vote Republican. People who rarely attend worship are more likely to vote Democrat. This divide has been increasing for forty years.

In terms of journalism, the upshot is that religious people are usually on the opposite political side from Atheists and agnostics. Which is, I think, the root of so much hostile coverage of Evangelicals. For most journalists, politics is their religion.

Journalists howled when President Trump labeled them the “Enemy of the People.” I think that label is accurate. They are certainly the Enemy of traditionally religious People. They are the Enemy of conservative People.

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4 thoughts on “Media v Evangelicals 2018 part 10”

  1. I mentioned that my favorite media critics had made some useful observations near the end of 2018.   This post discusses some erroneous ideas that journalists have about Evangelicals.

    https://www.getreligion.org/getreligion/2018/12/7/evangelicals-and-trump-again-alan-cooperman-says-journalists-should-ponder-four-myths

    This post points out the cluelessness of the New York Times.

    https://www.getreligion.org/getreligion/2018/11/28/a-complex-evangelical-landscape-but-the-gray-lady-listens-to-the-same-choir-again

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  2. Again, as a secular, even I am appalled at the bigotry toward Evangelicals.

    One of my closest friends who is a conservative Jew sent me pictures of his eldest daughter’s wedding in London. He was happy but couldn’t resist making a comment about his son-in-law who he defined as a “stringent Christian.”

    We dated fairly seriously in college and he proposed so I couldn’t help but respond to his recent e-mail: “What the hell is your problem? I’m no Evangelical but we would have been married in my church.”

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    Harrumph. My husband and I married in this chapel as were my parents and grandparents.

     

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