Writing for the Washington Post in 1993, journalist Michael Weisskopf had the temerity to say that "followers of the Christian right" are "poor, uneducated, and easy to command."
In subsequent polls, it was ascertained that Weisskopf's assumptions were wrong. Christians are well educated and well employed. However, the sentiment that Weisskopf expressed decades ago, is still prevalent in the minds of the media. Christians, in their minds, Christians can't provide a "reasonable argument for their points of view."
Commenting about a fall 2010 edition of The O'Reilly Factor, philosopher Francis Beckwith suggested that instead of matching articulate well-educated Christians with well-educated priests for atheism (like Bill Maher), the media call well-meaning Christians who don't posses the same intellectual caliber as the guest. If the media did match the guests, Beckwith maintained, atheists would be quickly out smarted.
I agree, but the question becomes, how do we ensure the press calls the right people? Do we provide the press with a list of Christians who are experts in their fields? Perhaps we can think of strategies to get such a list of experts into the hands of the media.