As I’ve mentioned here before, and in the column about media bias that I wrote recently for Bulldog Reporter, I’m sick to death of journalists proclaiming they’re “fair and impartial,” and that there’s absolutely no media bias whatsoever.
So I wasn’t surprised to see the comment from Daryn Kagan, the former CNN anchor who left the cable network this fall, after CNN wouldn’t renew her contract. She has since created DarynKagan.com, an inspirational website filled with good news stories.
In an interview yesterday with the Los Angeles Times, she said:
“In a regular newsroom, you do not do a story that mentions God, unless it’s something horrendous, like a priest molesting a little boy.”
Based on that quote, and another comment in the same article—that she has become a more spiritual person the last few years—I was expecting to see a category at her website for spiritual stories or something along the lines of “is it odd or is it God?” But I didn’t.
Too bad. Inviting people to share their stories about God and spirituality would dovetail nicely with the mission of her website. It would also fill a huge void created by the same dying news media that wears its political correctness on its sleeve.
Think I’m wrong? Just try to find stories about God and spirituality in sections other than the church pages of newspapers.
Asked by the Times if the media are missing an opportunity to tell these stories, Daryn said:
“It’s not for me to say. I think there’s a lot of news corporations making a lot of money, and they’re doing just fine.”
Many news corporations, truth be told, aren’t dong just fine. Viewership for the major networks is down. Circulation at top-tier newspapers has been so bad that many of them have resorted to padding the circulation numbers. As for magazines, many are folding just months after leaving the launching pad.
God, religion and spirituality play an important role in the lives of millions of people, many of whom are consumers of news. Which makes it all the more puzzling why God isn’t welcome in the newsroom.