SNICK­ER­ING MASSES

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“Does the me­dia have some sort of a bias against strong con­ser­va­tive evan­gel­i­cals or maybe a strong Catholic, or peo­ple of faith?”

That’s what David Brody, chief po­lit­i­cal cor­re­spon­dent for the Chris­tian Broad­cast Net­work wanted to know in a re­cent broad­cast.

“I think that’s ab­so­lutely ac­cu­rate, and I think the cur­rent world in which we live in, specif­i­cally with the Amer­i­can me­dia, ‘snark’ is val­ued. And it’s very easy to come af­ter peo­ple of faith no mat­ter what their re­li­gion is, whether it’s Jewish, Catholic, Protes­tant, Mus­lim,” replied NBC News reporter Luke Russert, son of Tim Russert, the now-de­ceased for­mer host of “Meet the Press.”

The young Russert has al­ready wit­nessed some vil­i­fi­ca­tion, ap­par­ently. Faith­ful folk, he said, are “tagged with this la­bel of be­ing pu­ri­tan­i­cal and not un­der­stand­ing of oth­ers and dif­fer­ent view­points.”

He con­demned such re­port­ing as lazy, and “some­thing that just feeds the snick­er­ing masses. Is­sues

Squawks and small talk to jharper@wash­ing­ton­times.com

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

“At this point, the gov­ern­ment is like the house on Hal­loween that turns the lights off and leaves a bowl of candy on the porch,” tweeted ABC late night host Jimmy Kim­mel.

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