Editorial: Mistreating marriage | The Augusta Chronicle

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Editorial: Mistreating marriage | The Augusta Chronicle

Mistreating marriage

Media increasingly disparage traditional foundation of our society

By Augusta Chronicle Editorial Staff

If aliens from another galaxy are monitoring our news and entertainment media, then they probably think gay marriage is the norm and that man-woman relationships are a horrid idea.

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“How are there so many of these creatures?” they must be asking themselves.

A Pew Research Center study has found that recent news media coverage “was tilted massively against those who favor traditional marriage.”

“Titled massively against” doesn’t begin to describe the entertainment media’s treatment of traditional marriage. More on that in a minute.

“Detractors of gay marriage couldn’t buy their way into (news) coverage,” The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple writes.

“Almost half (47 percent) of the nearly 500 stories studied from March 18 (a week prior to the Supreme Court hearings), through May 12, primarily focused on support for (gay marriage),” the Pew Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism study says, “while 9 percent largely focused on opposition and 44 percent had a roughly equal mix of both viewpoints or were neutral.”

Even on liberal-loathed Fox News, 63 percent of the coverage was mixed, 29 percent supportive and 8 percent opposing, Pew said.

Nor has the coverage

accurately reflected public sentiment; Pew writes that the bias in the coverage “goes beyond the level seen in public opinion surveys.”

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