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Prodigal Press, Revised and Updated

Confronting the Anti-Christian Bias of the American News Media

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Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781596385979
Publication Date 09/18/13

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25th Anniversary Edition - Revised and Updated. 

In the nineteenth century, leading newspapers reported from a Christian perspective. Today, however, print and TV journalists increasingly take an anti-Christian stance while claiming to be neutral. Prodigal Press uncovers the shift to secular humanism that has radically altered what the media cover and how they report it.

Issuing a clarion call for Christians to reclaim American journalism, Olasky and Smith examine the influence of worldviews on reporting, objectivity, sensationalism, and crusading; the impact of legal, ethical, and technological changes; and the changes brought about by the 24/7 news cycle, the Internet, and social media.


“Not all of us are called to be journalists, but every American—whether he likes it or not—has his thinking shaped by journalism. Prodigal Press will help you to understand both the blatant and the subtle ways in which journalists promote liberal and anti-Christian ideas.”

Gary Bauer, President, American Values

“The media’s discrimination against people with a Christian worldview is a form of professional suicide. Prodigal Press gives new examples of anti-Christian bias, which ought to motivate more Christian young people to consider careers in journalism.”

Cal Thomas, America’s #1 nationally syndicated columnist



The Authors

Warren Cole Smith

Warren Cole Smith

Warren Cole Smith is vice president of WORLD News Group, the publisher of WORLD magazine and WORLD News Service. He has written, cowritten, or edited more than a dozen books on politics, religion, media, and culture.

Marvin Olasky

Marvin Olasky

Marvin Olasky is the former longtime editor-in-chief of World magazine. He is an elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, chairman of Zenger House, and the author of over twenty books, including Lament for a Father and The Tragedy of American Compassion. He was a Yale Daily News and Boston Globe reporter and has published articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Fortune. He served as dean of the World Journalism Institute and for twenty-five years taught journalism at the University of Texas.