New Book on Religion and the Media

An interesting new book has been published, The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the American News Media (Oxford Handbooks). It’s a very expensive book at $150, but it promises to be a fascinating read — if for no other reason than because one of the chapters includes an interview with me.

The book has chapters from many different people, including Ashraf Alam, Steven Barrie-Anthony, John P. Bartowski, Annie Blazer, Judith M. Buddenbaum, Anthea Butler, Lynn Schofield Clark, David Copeland, Darren Dochuk, Magali do Nascimento Cunha, Carole M. Cusack, Marcia Alesan Dawkins, Jill Dierberg, Denise P. Ferguson, Richard Flory and my friend Lauri Lebo. Lauri interviewed me for her chapter, which is called Evolution, Creationism, and Objectivity in the Press, about the impact of blogging on the Dover trial.

Lauri, of course, was the reporter for the York Daily Record who covered the Dover trial every day in 2005. She has spoken of the battles she had with her editors, who complained that she didn’t seem to be “objective” and her stories weren’t “balanced” because she was reporting what was actually going on — which was that the defense was getting their asses handed to them in a high hat. Demanding “balance” was like telling a sports reporter that they didn’t include enough highlights of the Washington Generals when they played the Harlem Globetrotters.

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