On this holiest of holy days, some of the pressing problems of the world take a back seat to 2000 years ago.
Perhaps Easter is a good time to note that critics often come down hardest on the press when it comes to religion coverage. But now there are signs that journalists are finally getting religion.
Howard Kurtz, the Washington Post's media reporter, indicated in a story received Friday that a study shows religion coverage doubled in the last decade.
Kurtz reports: "The increasing coverage may be a mixed blessing, for most stories were not concerned with spirituality or worship. According to the study, timed for Easter week, by the Center for Media and Public Affairs and the Ethics and Public Policy Center, the proportion of stories about the intersection of religion and politics more than tripled from the 1970s to the 1990s, as did reports on church-related wrongdoing, especially that involving sexual misconduct.
"By contrast, stories about church governance fell by three-quarters, while reports on the role of women and minorities -- more of a novelty two decades ago -- fell by roughly half."
''I'm sure people of faith welcome the greater attentiveness to religious concerns,'' Robert Lichter, the media center's director, says. ''They might not like the greater coverage of crime and scandals, but that's part of the picture. If journalism is taking religion more seriously, there will be more bad news as well as good news, but that's better than no news.''
The good news this day is that He is risen.
You have to wonder how the event would have been reported had today's 24-hour news crews been on hand when the women went to the tomb. And as it is reported in Matthew, 28: 1-0, the angel said to the women:
"He is not here. For he has risen, as He said. Come, see the place where he lay."
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