Journalist questions media use of 'evangelical'
October 20, 2010
Christine O'Donnell, the controversial candidate for a Delaware Senate seat, was raised a Catholic. After some youthful experimentation she returned to the Church; she identifies herself as a Catholic today. Yet many news reports on her candidacy refer to O'Donnell as an "Evangelical," and journalist Terry Mattingly wants to know why. Do secular reporters use the word "Evangelical" to describe political preferences rather than religious affiliation? Do they know what an "Evangelical" is?