David Brody on the 2010 Midterm Elections and Religious Journalism
Date: November 29th, 2010

What role did religion play in the 2010 midterm US elections?  While scholarly assessments of this question may take awhile to be published, we turn to David Brody, chief political correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), to get his perspective from inside the beltway.  Mr. Brody — an Emmy Award-winning journalist and frequent guest on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News — has interviewed a number of prominent politicians who played a role in the recent elections, including Barack Obama, John McCain, Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle.  He shares his unique perspective on being a journalist for a religiously-affiliated news outlet regarding how the the 2008 and 2010 elections played out and what changes occured in the religious and political landscape over the past two years.  We talk about the role that evangelicals played in the Tea Party movement, a story that Mr. Brody considers to be one of the most under-reported stories of the election.  Our discussion also covers what happened to pro-life Democrats following their vote for major changes in health care insurance, the consequence for three Iowa judges following their decision to overturn a voter iniative on gay marriage, and what role religion played in the candidacies of Christine O’Donnell (Delaware) and Sharron Angle (Nevada).  We explore the various tensions between evangelical Christians, secular libertarians and Mormons within the Tea Party phenomenon and David tells us about where “teavangelicals” came from.  David also offers up some thoughts on the upcoming 2012 presidential election.  We finish with an interesting discussion on what life is like for a Christian journalist in Washington, DC and a secular media world.  Recorded: November 9, 2010.

NOTE:  Shortly after posting this podcast, David Brody was promoted from wnior White House correspondent to chief political correspondent at CBN.  Us folks at Research on Religion can only assume that we played a vital role in this promotion.  After all, once you are on RoR, you’ve reached the pinnacle of your profession.  :-)


The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN).

The Brody File blog on CBN.


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