Mormon Media Observer: Journalistic bias against Mormons is over-rated

One of the most common questions I have heard over the years about reporters goes something like this: Why is it that journalists identify people as Latter-day Saints when they say something criminal or embarrassing.

I answer two ways: First, such identification, when it happens, can be seen as a compliment. When a Catholic priest or a football coach or a police officer or a school principal commits a crime or does something stupid, it is more newsworthy than when a young day-laborer living down the street does the same thing. Some people have more expected of them given their position.

To the extent that Latter-day Saints are identified, such identifications say more is expected of us.

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