A Christian journalist says that “progressive privilege” is fueling a “cultural disconnect” between the media and Americans.
Billy Hallowell, a senior editor at Faithwire and author of the new book, “Fault Line: How a Seismic Shift in Culture is Threatening Free Speech and Shaping the Next Generation,” said Tuesday during an interview on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” that journalists are “not looking at their own biases.”
Hallowell, the former faith editor at TheBlaze, said that “there’s a big cultural disconnect” between Americans and journalists.
“Only 8 percent of journalists go to church every week,” while 40 percent of Americans attend weekly worship services, Hallowell said, citing a Pew Research Center study.
“So there’s a big disconnect,” Hallowell said, adding that “liberal journalists” are living in “liberal cities” while “assuming they’re moderates, when they might not be.”
Hallowell said that most media bias is not “overt.”
“What we really have is a deep, cultural disconnect where journalists don’t even realize they have these biases,” he said. “And so my message is, let’s realize there’s a problem here.”
“The American public knows this,” he added, citing a poll that found Americans’ trust in media is at a historic low.
Hallowell noted that the levels of distrust in media predate both the candidacy and election of President Donald Trump.
“Before Donald Trump — this is the point — this was a huge problem,” he said, noting that the disconnect “has shaped our culture.”
“It’s not just the media, it’s Hollywood, it’s universities, there’s this ideological dominance, and we really have to look at this I think because free speech is sort of on the chopping block here.”
Hallowell argued that in order to combat the “progressive privilege” present in many elements of media and culture, Christians need to engage the culture.
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