CBF Podcast: A conversation with CNN’s Daniel Burke

By Andy Hale

It is more difficult to look at something from an objective perspective than we care to admit.

Take, for example, the ongoing debate with my colleague, Josh, about Michael and LeBron. Yes, I am talking about Michael Jordan and LeBron James.

Josh is in the camp of Michael’s being the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of all time).

On the other hand, I try to remove the biased lens that has been perpetuated from our childhood — namely the marketing ploys of Nike, Gatorade, the National Basketball Association, Hanes, ProStars (Yes, the 13-episode cartoon featuring Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky and Bo Jackson), Upper Deck trading cards and Space Jam.

Objectively, I like to see the difference in basketball style — level of competition, character (namely, punching teammates in the face and calling it competitive edge), and pre-Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson eras.

If you think it’s hard to remove that bias from basketball rivalries, imagine what it is like to report on religion from a purely objective perspective. If we are honest, it is a lot more difficult than we think. Whether we admit it or not, we tend to see other people and other customs through a particular lens.

We at the CBF Podcast sat down with Daniel Burke of CNN to discuss how he approaches covering religion for the world’s largest broadcasting company with an objective lens.

Daniel Burke is the religion editor for CNN. Follow him on Twitter @BurkeCNN and listen our conversation below:

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This podcast episode is brought to you by The School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University, Campbell University Divinity School, and David Correll of Universal Creative Concepts.

Andy Hale leads the CBF Church Starts Initiative and hosts the podcasts of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is a CBF church starter who serves as pastor of Mosaic of Clayton in Clayton, N.C. Follow him on Twitter @haleandy

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