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September 11, 2013
Pod people: How not to write an attack piece
On one long winter workday in camp, as I was lugging a wheelbarrow together with...
September 07, 2013
Pod people: ‘Conservative’ Baptists spark a conversation
In three and a half years, I've written 439 posts for GetReligion (this makes 440,...
August 23, 2013
Pod people: Has the gay movement peaked?
In a speech delivered at the Mansion House in London on 10 Nov 1942, Winston...
August 10, 2013
Pod people: A little GetEducation for GetReligion
In the 1990s, before I became a religion writer, I covered education for The Oklahoman,...
August 04, 2013
Pod People: CBS asks if Pope is breaking with Vatican
The previous week gave us a lot to talk about here at GetReligion. Check out...
July 27, 2013
Pod people: About those photo ops in Brazil’s slums
Here a photo op, there a photo op, everywhere a papal photo op. The question...
July 23, 2013
Pod people: Indulgences & WYD in The Guardian
Coverage in The Guardian, the Catholic doctrine of purgatory and the editorial board of The...
June 28, 2013
Pod people: Have many Americans tuned out the press?
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage, I wrote two...
June 20, 2013
Pod people: Vatican gay lobby or a gay Lobby?
Where should the stress be placed in Pope Francis' phrase the "gay lobby"? Upon the...
June 16, 2013
Pod people: media struggles mightily with abortion coverage
On this week's Crossroads, host Todd Wilken and I discussed that embarrassing BuzzFeed confusion --...
June 08, 2013
Pod people: ‘Mass exodus’ from the Boy Scouts?
One of the wonderful things about writing is the ability to type something, decide it's...
June 03, 2013
Pod people: Concerning the IRS and the God squads
It's a basic fact of life in American politics that nothing fires up the non-profit...
May 31, 2013
Pod people: Presby-speak again
The meaningless drivel that passes for public language these days was the major theme of my...
May 21, 2013
How To Be A Lousy Journalist
Over at Intercollegiate Review, I have a piece with some helpful journalism tips. Here's how...
May 17, 2013
Pod people: Define ‘fetus’ and give three examples
The first question I faced, in this week's "Crossroads" interview, sounded relatively simple: Why did...
May 12, 2013
Pod people: Proselytization, blasphemy and Gosnell
On this week's Crossroads podcast with host Todd Wilken, we talked media coverage of the...
May 06, 2013
Pod people: Ghosts and crickets in Jason Collins coverage
I spent much of last week in Malibu, Calif., hanging out with the stars. Actually,...
April 29, 2013
Does journalism matter?
Does journalism matter? Not as much as it once did – if audience numbers or...
April 21, 2013
Pod people: Talking personal history on the religion beat
Granted, 25 years is a rather long time, especially in the Internet age. Nevertheless, I...
April 14, 2013
Pod People: Media wake up to Gosnell failures
GetReligion's critique of media coverage of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell's trial has received quite a...
April 04, 2013
Pod people: One more Easter home run
As most of you know, Sunday was an important religious holiday. In my "All hope...
March 26, 2013
Sexing up Pope Francis
My corner of Florida has been over run by college students on Spring break. While...
March 17, 2013
Pod people: Did you hear? There is a new pope!
You will be shocked, shocked, need I say SHOCKED to know that this week's "Crossroads"...
March 09, 2013
Pod people: Can journalism be a civilizing influence?
On this week's Crossroads podcast, host Todd Wilken and I talked about recent admissions from...
February 15, 2013
Pod people: Pope steps down; many journalists fall down
Gentle readers, one cannot make some of this stuff up. So, everyone knows that Pope...
February 09, 2013
Pod people: Boy Scout leak and grassroots sourcing
I've done a couple of posts (here and here) on the Boy Scouts of America's...
February 03, 2013
Pod people: Making progress on abortion coverage
In this week's Crossroads podcast, host Todd Wilken and I discussed the good and bad...
January 25, 2013
Pod people: Finding gold in the religion reporting dross
The newspaperman's art of rubbishing someone, while appearing professional and even-handed was the principal object...
January 05, 2013
Pod people: Looking back at 2012, one more time
I don't know about you folks, but to me is seems like the 2012 news...
December 20, 2012
Pod people: Don’t mention the war!
"Don’t mention the war!” is the catch phrase from “The Germans” episode of the British...
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