chapter  9
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Th e News

Th e study of media and religion would not be complete without attention to journalism.1 Vehicles such as Beliefnet, Shalom TV, and Christianity Today report the news from a religious perspective. But, secular news media set an agenda, suggesting what the public should know about particular denominations or movements. Th erefore, journalists have a responsibility to be fair, accurate, and thorough. How religionists are treated in society ultimately depends on available information. Misinformation results in tension between groups and, in some cases, persecution and bigotry.