LOL! LA Times religion? (part II)

attorneys jeans denim apparel copying trademark design copyright patent true religionRemember that strange item the other day when the computer at the Los Angeles Times, for some reason, decided that a story on Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and some “earmarks” bills should be listed at the newspaper’s “religion” site? Apparently, anything linked to Palin is “religious” at the moment.

Well, here we go again! Once again, at the “religion” news site the all-powerful computer has given us:

How to spot counterfeit True Religion jeans

Want to know if your new dungarees are truly True Religion? Here are some tips to help you separate the bona fide jeans from the fakes:

* True Religion sews a security tag featuring a red “U” beneath the inside labels of its jeans and T-shirts. …

* In many styles of True Religion jeans, smiling Buddhas are printed on the front pocket linings. They should be neither too bright nor too faded. The pockets should be lined with Pellon, a thin fabric used for support.

And so forth and so on. As it turns out, this is a sidebar to a consumer-news piece. However, since it is about people seeking “true religion,” should it also be cross referenced with Palin?

I know, I know. Computers make mistakes. However, all of this underlines one of the main purposes of this here weblog — which is to find mainstream news stories that actually ARE RELIGIOUS, or contain unexamined religious themes, that journalists don’t “get.”

Thus, I fund it sad that the same computer that gave us the “True Religion” jeans “religion” story on the religion-news site missed this Carla Hall story — which really does have strong religious content. Then again, it isn’t about Palin’s brand of religion. So maybe it does not count.

Read on. Here’s the double-decker super-headline, which does contain the theme in question:

Before Rielle Hunter was linked to John Edwards, she was on a search for enlightenment — but not scandal.

The former Lisa Jo Druck at various times has been a party girl, an actress and a spiritual seeker.

And the summary transition section:

Let’s rewind the tape of the life that brought Rielle Hunter, nee Lisa Jo Druck, to that fateful meeting on Park Avenue with Sen. John Edwards. And her name is pronounced “Ree — elle.”

Hunter’s life has been equal parts magical mystery tour and perpetual job quest. She has been a party girl, a minor (but working) actress, a writer of oddly titled compositions, a yoga enthusiast and a spiritual seeker.

During the 1980s and ’90s, she bounced between coasts and made occasional forays in the world abroad, following one guru or another

Read it all. It may not be your brand of religion, but it appears that — to some degree — it spoke to Edwards.

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Terry Mattingly directs the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He writes a weekly column for the Universal Syndicate.

  • Jerry

    I have a ‘religion’ section in google news and it regularly selects “True Religion” stories. But given our era where the “almighty dollar” is worshiped maybe it’s not too far off the mark at that.

  • Stephen A.

    I agree with Jerry, and frankly, I was disappointed that I could not get all that many real “religion” stories out of my self-created Google News category. Computers are poor substitutes for human judgment, as we all must know by now (all except the LA Times apparently.)

    The Times article on Rielle Hunter is moderately interesting in that it touches on the New Age movement. How she believes herself to be a guru of sorts, and how she kept “bouncing” from one guru to the next seems typical of many who count themselves as “spiritual, not religious” these days and isn’t covered as much as one would think.

    Her comment (borrowedfrom a previous interview by the Times) is revealing:

    “I have a strong desire to help people wake up — how about for free? How I will survive, I do not know. Enlightenment is living in the not knowing.”

    PS: Those are ghastly jeans. What is this, 1977? At least the frumpy “hip-hugger” trend appears to be finally dying.

  • Stephen A.

    Having trashed Google News, I just found THIS very Get Religion blog posting in my “religion” category. Interesting. Sometimes it works well.

    I also found a DMN blog poting on Sarah Palin’s religion, quoting the NY Times quoting the McCain campaign spokesman as saying “”We’re not going to get into discussing her religion.”

    Didn’t they do that with McCain, too? And how can they use religion to reach out to voters, then refuse to discuss it?

  • FzxGkJssFrk

    Shouldn’t that headline read “How to Spot Hypocritical Jeans”?

    I’m just saying…