Study confirms what Catholics already knew: Media coverage favors gay marriage

Have you ever seen the Seinfeld episode where George decides to “do the opposite”? If not, here’s a quick recap.

Fed up with the direction his life choices have taken him, George comes to the conclusion that every instinct he’s ever had has been wrong. How else could he, a man in his late 30s, end up single, unemployed and living at home with his parents?

In an effort to turn his life around, George informs Jerry that he’s going to “do the opposite” of everything his instincts tell him.

Instead of lying to a woman about what he does for a living, George walks right up to her and informs her about how he is currently unemployed. Then, instead of bragging about his previous work experiences during a job interview with the New York Yankees, George tells the truth about how he got fired from his past jobs. Eventually, he meets Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, whom George berates for his poor managerial decisions.

Shockingly, the woman is drawn to George’s mystique. They start a relationship and he is soon hired as the Yankees’ new Assistant to the Traveling Secretary.

While informing Jerry about his recent good fortune, George confides in him that “this opposite thing” is his new religion. It is a religion where “up is down, black is white, good is bad and day is night.”

Jerry, not convinced that this is going to turn out well, says “so your Messiah must be the Anti-Christ.”

“The Opposite” is just 1 of the 180 Seinfeld episodes that ran during its nine year reign. While most Americans don’t have a clue about George’s strange new religion, his decision to ignore his instincts and embrace “this opposite thing” is pertinent to today’s political discourse.

A study released by the Pew Research Center Monday found that instead of being an objective observer when it comes to reporting on gay marriage, the press has taken on an activist role in promoting it’s legalization. In other words, the press is doing “the opposite” of what it should be doing.

After looking at roughly 500 news stories over a two-month period that began just prior to the Supreme Court’s hearings on gay marriage this past spring, Pew found that by overwhelming margins, the majority of news outlets ran stories in support of gay marriage.

You’ll have to read the whole report for more specifics, but here’s a snapshot of how CNN, Fox News and MSNBC covered gay marriage during that time:

Cable networks and gay marriage

You can check out the study in its entirety by clicking here, though I doubt you’ll find anything you didn’t already know. Catholics are acutely aware of the fact that the media has been biased in its reporting on social issues for a while. As Jerry once said during an episode in season 8, welcome to the “bizarro world.”

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11 thoughts on “Study confirms what Catholics already knew: Media coverage favors gay marriage

  1. Chris says:

    Bob Sanders, that is a load of rubbish.

    If you read the report, you will see CatholicVote has correctly commented on it.

    Read the report on the link above, don’t listen to Bob’s advice to ignore it.

  2. Paul says:

    “The study clearly shows that the major cable outlets gave more air time to supporters of the legalization of same sex marriage than to opponents. This does not mean the stories supported gay marriage…”

    Aaaaand…assuming your interpretation of the information is accurate…that’s not bias?

    Certainly, the number of people quoted is not indicative of the split on the issue. Not even close. Entire states are still shooting down new definitions of marriage. This is not a “done deal,” especially in the minds of those who continue to think *for* themselves and not *of* themselves.

    Also, the “wrong side of history” tend to be the side populated by people who couldn’t be bothered to speak out against something wrong.

  3. Colin says:

    One thing the media reported the other day was how many people (regardless of their opinion on gay marriage itself) believe it will be inevitable.

    “He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts…for support rather than illumination.” — Andrew Lang

  4. Erick C says:

    I am not surprised by this report, the liberal media Always had an agenda, there is NO such thing as being “unbiased” for the media favors certain stories over others, and quotes certain people over other people. Notice how these secular media outlets cover the gay pride march but ignore the defending marriage marches, it doesn’t take a study to figure this out.

  5. Bob Sanders says:

    No, the study did not find that by overwhelming margins, the majority of news outlets ran stories in support of gay marriage. The only three mainstream media outlets studied were in the graph.

    Further, the stories were not necessarily favorable or unfavorable to the idea of gay marriage. The “same sex should be legal” bars in the chart indicate stories in which people interviewed –”voices”– who supported the legalization of gay marriage outweighed opponents by at least a 2 to 1 margin.

    The study clearly shows that the major cable outlets gave more air time to supporters of the legalization of same sex marriage than to opponents. This does not mean the stories supported gay marriage, it means the people QUOTED supported gay marriage.

    Unfortunately, that does not fit your blame the media for everything agenda, so best to ignore reading the actual study.

    1. SLCMLC says:

      Left unsaid is if you’re using Fox News to prove a liberal bias in the media you may be on the wrong track. Might be time to just realize that you’re on the wrong side of history here.

      On the plus side, loved the Seinfeld references. Great episode.

      1. Sean says:

        Jesus Christ was also on the “wrong side” of history. Seems like good company to be in.

        1. SLCMLC says:

          Um, I think being the most respected and influential beings to walk the Earth puts Jesus squarely on the right side of history. No clue what you’re talking about.

          1. Malia says:

            Jesus was not respected during his time on earth, and he still is not. He was/is rejected and hated. How many walked away in John 6:66 when the teaching got too hard? How many catholics walk away today on teachings like contraception, for example? This is what Sean means by being on “the wrong side”… Truth separates and divides.

      2. Mr. Guy says:

        If Fox News and other liberal news networks agree on something, then it must be correct, i.e. on the right side of history…said no Catholic ever.

    2. Will says:

      Ok, accepting that conclusion that you gave of these outlets providing more airtime for “voices” supporting same-sex marriage does say something about the agenda, specifically since left leaning MSNBC shows more voices promoting it than Fox News or CNN. Liberal bias in the media on social issues isn’t just a blame thing and there is evidence. Don’t be so obtuse as to think that more airtime for certain quotes is completely unrelated to their own agenda.

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