Jewish World Review August 25, 2005 / 20 Menachem-Av, 5765
The shock of a priestly visit
Off hand comments occasionally reveal the huge gap between prestige journalists and ordinary Americans.
In coverage of Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, for instance, reporters seem puzzled by his Catholic faith treating his religious commitment as at least as odd and suspicious as Tom Cruise's participation in Scientology.
An extensive profile of Roberts in the Washington Post emphasized the "devout" Catholic faith of the nominee and his wife, and then declared: "Roberts certainly looks the part of a conservative. He had a priest over to his home for Christmas Eve."
Is it possible that the Post doesn't understand that for most Americans, it would be perfectly normal to have a priest or minister visit on Christmas Eve or to share a Rosh HaShanna meal with a rabbi?
With all the recent criticism about a lack of diversity in the media elite, we urgently need more journalists who understand and maybe even practice traditional religious faith.
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