As figuras religiosas de natureza conservadora são citadas com uma frequência duas a três vezes superior à das figuras religiosas de pendor progressista ou centrista. A conclusão consta de um estudo divulgado na semana passada pela organização Media Matters, intitulado Left Behind – The Skewed Representation of Religion in Major News Media e relativo aos Estados Unidos da América.
“As in many areas, the decisions journalists make when deciding which voices to include in their stories have serious consequences. What is the picture of religious opinion? Who is a religious leader? Whose views represent important groups of believers? Every time a journalist writes a story, he or she answers these questions by deciding whom to quote and how to characterize their views.
Religion is often depicted in the news media as a politically divisive force, with two sides roughly paralleling the broader political divide: On one side are cultural conservatives who ground their political values in religious beliefs; and on the other side are secular liberals, who have opted out of debates that center on religion-based values. The truth, however is far different: close to 90 percent of Americans today self-identify as religious, while only 22 percent belong to traditionalist sects.[i] Yet in the cultural war depicted by news media as existing across religious lines, centrist and progressive voices are marginalized or absent altogether.”