NY Times new president is a practicing Catholic who believes in “objective truths”

From A Journey Through NYC Religions: Tomorrow, Mark Thompson takes over as the new President and CEO of The New York Times. Thompson is a practicing Catholic who believes “that the truths of the Christian faith are objective truths, rather than being entirely subjective.” The position is primarily focused on running the business aspects of the Times. Thompson [Read More...]

How one newspaper decided to endorse Romney

It raised some eyebrows when the Des Moines Register announced its endorsement for president this weekend and for the first time in 40 years picked a Republican.  What got less attention, however, is an accompanying story in the paper, which I found especially interesting and useful.  In a remarkable act of transparency, the paper’s editors [Read More...]

What the media doesn’t “get” about the Catholic Church

Well, there are a lot of things. But here’s one take, from the great Sister Mary Ann Walsh of the USCCB, who offers some important distinctions about the media, balance, and covering the Catholic Church:   Margaret Sullivan now wears the public editor hat at The New York Times and with a recent ombudsman column took on a huge [Read More...]

“What’s wrong in the Vatican press office?”

That’s the question being posed by editor Robert Royal over at  The Catholic Thing — and it’s a good question: The Vatican hired Greg Burke in June, an experienced journalist at Catholic and secular outlets, as a special consultant to help with press communications. Given the multiple stumbles and misfires in recent years, it seemed [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: Bias? What bias?

This just in: dog bites man. In other news, someone is suggesting that the New York Times is biased:  Arthur Brisbane, the departing public editor at the New York Times, has accused the paper of having a progressive bias, even as he champions its disciplined approach to fair and balanced reporting. “When The Times covers [Read More...]

A big move: you can now “Get Religion” at Patheos

More fodder for Great Moments in Journalism!  I’m delighted to share this happy news. Details:  GetReligion is moving. Finally. In the future, GetReligion.org will still get you to the weblog, but if you want to bookmark the most direct cyber-route, here’s the URL that you need: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/getreligion/ Of course, we’ll also be up and running [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: CNN lays an egg

Well, this ain’t kosher.  Not at all.  Memo to CNN: what the hell are you thinking? Here’s the lowdown, from Terry Mattingly over at “Get Religion” (a blog which gets its name, you understand, because the news media doesn’t “get religion”): So, did you hear about that wild quote that the president of Chick-fil-A didn’t [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: MSNBC’s Scarborough links James Holmes to autism — UPDATED

Blogger Leo Zanchettin has details:  I just had to check in with Facebook one more time. And what did I find? Links to a video clip from MSNBC commentator Joe Scarborough this morning. He was discussing Friday night’s shooting in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater, trying to find sense in the horrendous events. Then in the course of [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: the liar who became a star “expert” in the media

Why am I not surprised? Details: Ryan Holiday could be called an “expert.” As head of marketing for American Apparel, an online strategist for Tucker Max, and self-styled “media manipulator,” he can talk social media and modern advertising with the best of them – he’s done so both online and in print on countless occasions. [Read More...]

Our Sunday Visitor to distribute Vatican newspaper in English

Details, from ZENIT:  Our Sunday Visitor, one of the largest Catholic publishers in North America, has been selected by the Vatican as the exclusive distributor of the English Edition of L’Osservatore Romano, the semi-official Vatican newspaper. L’Osservatore Romano publishes papal discourses, texts and documents, reports on the events of the Church and Pope Benedict XVI, [Read More...]


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