Mormonvoices Identifies Worst Coverage of “Mormon Moment”

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Bias, inaccuracy, and carelessness called out by Mormon journalism watchdog group.

It's simply not appropriate for reporters to mislead their audiences with inaccurate or biased reporting about Mormons.

As a companion piece to their praise for the best examples of press coverage of the "Mormon Moment," MormonVoices has now identified the ten worst examples. Religion News Service sponsored both of the articles and has published them on its website.

MormonVoices, an all-volunteer group that is supportive of but not affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church), closely monitors and responds to coverage of the church in order to promote responsible journalism and dispel common myths and biases.

"We wish we didn't have to make this list of the worst, but unfortunately, it was necessary," said John Lynch, Managing Director of MormonVoices. "It's simply not appropriate for reporters to mislead their audiences with inaccurate or biased reporting about Mormons. This is especially true because many readers don't have any familiarity with Mormonism to start with, so they have no way to tell if a report is misleading."

The list not only identifies the erroneous reports, but also briefly explains the specific problem with each item.

"The only way to improve is to identify and acknowledge mistakes," continued Lynch. "We sincerely hope that the quality of coverage will improve, and that we'll have a much more difficult time putting together a similar list next year."

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