Conservative religious leaders dominate media coverage.

Media Matters has published a new report, “Left Behind: The Skewed Representation of Religion in Major News Media,” documenting how conservative religious leaders receive far more media coverage than their progressive counterparts.

Despite the fact most religious Americans are moderate or progressive, in the news media it is overwhelmingly conservative leaders who are presented as the voice of religion. This represents a particularly meaningful distortion since progressive religious leaders tend to focus on different issues and offer an entirely different perspective than their conservative counterparts.

Below, a chart comparing media coverage of the top 10 most widely covered conservative (red) and progressive (blue) religious leaders: