For at least the second year in a row...NBC's invited panel of religious leaders [to the annual Faith in America review on Meet the Press, which aired on Easter Sunday, 16 April 2006] included no representative from the National Council of Churches or any of its 35 member communions - such as the UCC, the Episcopal Church (Anglican), the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church USA, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Reformed Church in America or the Orthodox Archdiocese of America, among others.In addition, the article at ekklesia notes,
The historic peace churches – the Mennonites, Quakers and Brethren in Christ – are also largely overlooked by the mainstream network media in the USA.I am a student/employee/instructor at the largest non-denominational seminary in America whose student and faculty population is comprised of a good many members of these denominations (PCUSA students make up the largest block, in fact the largest group of PCUSA students outside of Princeton) and whose president comes from the Reformed Church in America. Gail and I are a part of the local Mennonite community and we have deep affinities for Episcopal/Anglican liturgy. In other words, NBC, and all other broadcasting corporations as far as I can tell, do not represent me very well to the general public. If I introduce myself as a Christian to someone who watches too much (or any!) television and is oblivious to the variety of churches in America, I will immediately have to work against the stereotype NBC and others help perpetuate. But, I suppose it is kind of hard to sensationalize "mainstream" or "peace-oriented" Christianity. They resist sensationalism by their very nature. And I think we all agree sensationalism sells. This is not about representing American Christianity fairly; it is about making advertising dollars.