Daniel Dennett on media bias and religion

January 18, 2010 • 11:38 pm

by Greg Mayer

Jerry’s back, but still overcoming the inevitable feelings of despair and hopelessness that come from arriving in Chicago in January after cruising among tropical islands (just kidding– Chicago’s my kind of town this time of year!), so he asked me to post the following link to a post by Dan Dennett in the Washington Post’s On Faith blog answering the question, “Is there widespread media bias against Christianity?” Money quote:

The double standard that exempts religious activities from almost all standards of accountability should be dismantled once and for all. I don’t see bankers or stockbrokers wringing their hands because the media is biased against them; they know that their recent activities have earned them an unwanted place in the spotlight of public attention and criticism, and they get no free pass, especially given their power. Religious leaders and apologists should accept that since their institutions are so influential in American life, we have the right to hold their every move up to the light. If they detect that the media are giving them a harder time today than in the past, that is because the bias that protected religion from scrutiny is beginning to dissolve.

8 thoughts on “Daniel Dennett on media bias and religion

  1. “If they detect that the media are giving them a harder time today than in the past, that is because the bias that protected religion from scrutiny is beginning to dissolve.”

    Well put!

  2. A widespread media bias against christianity? Bah, that sounds like more lying for jesus. Anyone else notice how those who claim exclusive access to truth have nothing but lies to offer?

  3. Saying that the “media” has a bias against Christianity is very similar to some crazy conspiracy theories I’ve heard.

    Very well put.

  4. These people get called out for their lies and their fantasies and fabrications and their arbitrary rules and they squeal like the pigs that they are.

    The pressure needs to be stepped up to expose the scum like Pat Robertson, Rush Limbaugh and that empty mind, Sarah Palin.

  5. A Bias? sure…a definite positive bias…good grief..and also, be careful with what you wish for. Accountability? What about accountability in science ah? And also there are no standards od accountability..you are accountable or you are not.

  6. “…they detect that the media are giving them a harder time today than in the past…”

    How soon they forget HL Mencken!

  7. People who say ridiculous things utterly without any evidence to back them up shouldn’t bellyache when others point and laugh.

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