Whenever the media says something negative about Christians, comments and blogs and forums immediately fill up with claims that the media loves picking on Christians and that no one would ever publish a similar story about Muslims for fear of being “offensive” (eg 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). And whenever the media says something negative about Muslims, comments and blogs and forums immediately fill up with claims that the media is Islamophobic and attacks Muslims any chance it gets and they would never dare pick on a large powerful group like Christians in such a way (eg 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
Which isn’t to say that there aren’t any double-standards at all. But the real media double-standards, insofar as they exist, are nuanced, not simple “we never criticize A but we always criticize B” filters; and they are probably applied inconsistently.
- Double standard?
- “Choice For Men” aka “Paper Abortions” Are Legal Child Abandonment. And Abortion Rights Are Not A Double-Standard.
- Convenient Double Standard on Drug Use
- Muslims Filed 803 Employment Discrimination Claims in 2009
- Dear Pastor Jones and other so-called Christians intending to burn the Qur’an