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Published: Sunday, April 21 2013 11:40 a.m. MDT

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bw00ds
Tucson, AZ

This makes sense. If there are hardly any reporters who regularly practice a religion or even consider themselves to be a believer of some sort, then any religious entities are truly the "outsiders" to them. Now I understand one of the reasons why religion gets such poor treatment in the press.

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

@bw00ds
It's sad that you would think fair, accurate and unbiased treatment is "poor" treatment.

Coach Biff
Lehi, UT

Obviously, furry, you have a different view point. I think you could choose a more polite form of expression if you were looking for a discussion. But then again, you probably just wanted to spout.

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Salt Lake City, UT

Furry1993

Fair, accurate, and unbiased.

We could cut every last thief's hand off in order to be fair due to the equal gravity of the crime weighed against the punishment, accurate to the crime committed, and unbiased to each criminal as the law would apply equally. Although I suspect most of us would believe this to be cruel and inhumane, even well beyond poor treatment.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf said...

"When we talk about testimony, we refer to feelings of our heart and mind rather than an accumulation of logical, sterile facts."

I like the way this is phrased. The world may see religion with an inaccurate lens, and that lens may show a sterile truth. Uchtdorf also reminded us at a CES Devotional that even though we may see a portion of the truth, it does not mean we have a fullness of it or can assume to accurately judge what we do not yet know.

bw00ds and myself have all experienced things in our lives which testify of the poor treatment religion receives in the media. What is sad is spending wasted and unproductive time criticizing others who gave no offense. It wasn't deserved.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Would having religious journalists mean asking no hard questions to religious leaders? How did that work out with finding abuse of children by Catholic priests?

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

@Mark B
How did non-religous journalists do at exposing Kermit Gosnell's abortion clinic?

Oh yea: No hard questions were asked until they were shamed into it.

So it seems balance IS needed

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

Furry1993
It's sad (but consistent) that you would think that poor treatment is "fair, accurate and unbiased" treatment.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Furry,
"Evangelicals are often dismissed, particularly in political reporting, as exotic; or, worse, as a menace to civil society"

"coverage during Holy Week that were "so inaccurate and off-key that they comprised a kind of impromptu 'Gong Show.’”

That's your idea of fair, accurate, and unbiased?
Boy, I'd hate to see something you thought was mean and biased!

Mark,
Are you saying religious people should be barred from newsrooms? how does that square with the 1st amendment?

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