HHmmm Good post and some interesting points
However that gets into a Much bigger and more complex (and controversial) area.
As you say – the media thrives on conflict – BUT I suspect its often manufactured conflict.
There is a case to be made that they choose the conflicts that further their aims.
I remember talking to some London Journalists who did some work (at the time) on the Lindy Chaimberlain case and they were horrified at what was NOT being reported by the Aussie Press and how one sided the reporting really was although they pretended it was balanced. You can see that with Many modern -"controversial" topics in the media today also.
You will see often that on one side you will get experts (in some cases tens of thousands of them like in climate change) . Researchers and a great body of evidence. On the other side you will get one person (or 2 to three) with an opinion and NO EVIDENCE – but they are given equal time – and people have come to believe this is balanced reporting but its not. There are people who believe gravity is a plot. No proof – and no explanation – but they believe it. Giving that person equal time with stephen hawking is NOT balanced reporting. (and look at the outbreak of Measles occuring now – and the fact that children have recently DIED in Australia from a Disease we once had just about eradicated – all thanks to the press giving equal time to 1 person – who paid people to be part of a study (highly unethical and inaccurate) in order to push his OWN vaccine (called a conflict of interest) which now means that the people who quite legitamately cant be vaccinated (due to allergies etc) are now at serious risk again)
So can you cite an example of a Gay christian sportsman poster boy in the USA press ? Otherwise – I think you have missed the point. He may be a minority of a minority… however – he got a lot of Press coming out… BUT Tebow gets lots of press because hes a Christian sportsman – and yet – Collins's faith has been virtually ignored – even though his point was that his faith was the reason he came out.
What I think you are missing is an explanation for why they would ignore collin's faith – but report lots about him – but applaud Tebows faith !
Briefly off topic on to the general area of media etc… BUT if thats an area that interests you there are MANY studies on the subject. (a classic one is the number of times certain topics are reported on . Look at the ACL and the number of times they talk about, Povery, helping the poor, the sick the homeless, telling the truth, that Jesus said you cannot serve Money and God do not Judge others – AND of course Homosexuality. Such statistical breakdowns show you what an organisation really believes in. In the ACL's case – they arent Christian – they are anti Gay because thats all they focus on. Despite the name) There are also a number of good articles and studies already done on the lack of balance in Boston reporting. But I dont want to go there either…. (not that I dont think its interesting – but I think its outside the area of these forums). The difficult question is why the lack of balance ? but this isnt the place to discuss those issues.
A good starting point in this area – although a bit dated is Manufacturing consent by Noam Chomsky.
But thats all Ill say on that matter –
Back to the topic though – which is the article writer argues that there is in the press a dominant conversation of straight christian… and anything outside of that – is not popular.
and to look at your point – a black Gay christian SHOULD be controversial – so if your premise was right and them wanting conflct – that alone should mean his faith gets lots of press – its ready made conflict isntit ? but it didnt – not because it wasnt controversial (because it is) but – at least according to the article writer – because its outside the dominant message the organisations are trying to push ….. (is that clearer ?)
and Im not saying hes right – just trying to explain what I think hes saying (feel free to disagree of course)