Sunday Morning Rhetoric and the Media

Normally the major media outlets pay not attention to what is said from pulpits on Sunday mornings. But last Sunday a North Carolina pastor made some absurd comments about locking up lesbians inside an electrified fenced area until they die out. This sort of excessive, and mean, rhetoric is not at all typical of Christian preaching. The media knows this, but nevertheless they have broadcast this far and wide as if to humiliate not just this one pastor, but conservative Christians everywhere. If a thoughtful preacher gets up on Sunday morning and delivers a persuasive case for some biblical idea no media outlet will give it a second glance. So what does this tell us?