Religion’s most talked-about in 2010Posted: September 20, 2011
In the year 2010 Islam was the most discussed topic in religion covered by the U.S. press, according to a study by Pew Research Center.
They study showed that this is the first time Islam has been the most covered topic since the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has been recording statistics on the subject of religion coverage in the news. These statistics from previous years showed the Catholic Church as the number one discussed topic in news coverage of religion, but the increased Islamic controversies of 2010 caused a shift.
Discussion on the topic of Islam in 2010 were dominated by the possible building of a masque and Islamic center near ground zero in New York City, one Florida minister threatening to burn the Koran and the recounts of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Despite the 2010-midterm elections, religion’s role in American politics was still overshadowed by Islam as the number one topic of religion coverage in major news.
The amount of time and space dedicated to religion in the major news media doubled from 2009 to 2010—raising total coverage from a meek 1% to 2%. Although this can be seen as improvement, it is still apparent that Americans do not place religion as high priority in the media.
On the other hand, religion was one of the most blogged-about topics throughout 2010, according to the Pew Forum.
How much time and space should the American media delegate for the topic of religion?
What does the coverage of Islam say about America’s view of the religion? What kind of emotions arise from new most-covered topic in religion?