The Codependency of the Media and Evangelicals
The media don't get religion, but they do get politics and culture. Evangelicals, who love to mix it up in those two spheres, provide a constant source of material to journalists.
Smack dab in the middle of a February 1, 1993, front-page Washington Post story on the avalanche of calls to Congress opposing the admission of openly gay soldiers into the military, reporter Michael Weisskopf dismissed the groundswell: "Corporations pay public relations firms millions of dollars to contrive the kind of grass-roots response that [Jerry] Falwell or Pat Robertson can galvanize in a televised sermon. Their followers are largely poor, uneducated and easy to command."
A few days later, Weisskopf called it "an honest mistake, not born of any prejudice or malice," and added ...