Does it bother you to read a news article about something controversial, and find the treatment by the press to be somewhat unsatisfactory?
I’m referring, of course, to the media’s propensity to effect an air of impartiality, by presenting two sides of a story without any resolution. In matters of religion, for instance, the question of divine existence is usually presented impartially, so as not to offend the great majority of believers.
So, when I see an article like this one, about an obviously delusional Christian who killed her son in an attempt to exorcise demons she thought he was possessed by, I perk up. Not because it’s a horrible tragedy, but because of the way the article ends:
Lawson’s deeply felt religious convictions, her delusion, had tragic consequences. Often extremely religious people believe that they have the power to do supernatural things, like casting out demons. Such belief is delusional. Demons are but a figment of the imagination, a ready made explanation for the ignorant and superstitious.
Can you imagine the New York Times, or anyone in the mainstream media, making that statement, informing its readers of that conclusion?