We usually report the news, not make it. However, CBN News' exclusive one-on-one interview with President Donald Trump has marked a new chapter for Christian journalism.
The interview created more than 20 million impressions on social media, 4.1 million views, and more than 5,000 mentions in national and international media sources. These numbers tell the nation that this is a new day for Christian broadcasters.
"Christian press is not niche in a country of 80 million evangelicals and over 200 million Christians. CBN News is glad to have a seat at the table to better serve our audience, an audience that believes faith has a place in the heart of the national conversation," said Rob Allman, CBN vice president and news director. "We will proudly continue serving as a trusted source of news for Americans who take faith seriously."
CBN has distinguished itself as a leader in the faith-based news industry.
CBN News' interview with President Trump was the first interview with the president among all faith news outlets in the United States. It was also the third interview overall among all media outlets given by the president after entering office.
However, CBN News Chief Political Correspondent David Brody, a veteran award-winning journalist, had previously interviewed Mr. Trump more than a dozen times, including 9 times during the 2016 Presidential campaign.
During the interview Mr. Trump gave insights into his personal faith, U.S.-Mexico relationship, the Supreme Court, and refugees. All of which are topics that have sparked heated discussions throughout the nations.
The interview came just days after White House press secretary Sean Spicer commended CBN News for highlighting issues many other media outlets overlook.
"There are issues that sometimes the mainstream media does not capture. And it's important for those issues to get as much prominence as some of the mainstream ones," said Spicer in a recent interview. "Maybe by hearing from the Christian Broadcasting Network, we will hear about an issue that otherwise would get drowned out," Spicer added. Of CBN, he also said, "They have a magnificent audience."
CBN News stands out as the most widely sought after faith-based news provider in America, holding 83 percent of the market share of faith-based news outlets.