Pod people: Talking personal history on the religion beat

Granted, 25 years is a rather long time, especially in the Internet age. Nevertheless, I was taken a bit off guard this week when Issues, Etc. host Todd Wilkin asked me for whatever “historical perspective” I had gained on religion and the news during my 25 years writing the weekly “On Religion” column for the [Read More...]

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 bit of attention in recent days. I’m glad, since we’ve been aware of the problem with media coverage of this topic since early 2011. My post from January of that year, “8 Murders in Philadelphia,” shows the history of problems [Read More...]

Pod people: One more Easter home run

As most of you know, Sunday was an important religious holiday. In my “All hope is not lost” post, I already highlighted eight compelling enterprise stories that graced the nation’s Easter front pages. But I’m not talking about that religious holiday. I’m referring, of course, to Opening Night and the beginning of a new Major League [Read More...]

Sexing up Pope Francis

My corner of Florida has been over run by college students on Spring break. While Daytona Beach, Miami and Fort Lauderdale have lost market share over the past 40-years to Texas, Mexico and points South, there are still enough kids in town this week to make the merchants smile and locals complain about “those kids” [Read More...]

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” podcast focuses on mainstream press coverage of the events before and after the election of Pope Francis as the new leader of of the world’s 1.2 billion (depending on how one does the counting) Catholics. So what are you waiting [Read More...]

Pod people: Can journalism be a civilizing influence?

On this week’s Crossroads podcast, host Todd Wilken and I talked about recent admissions from the mainstream media about the difficulty they’ve had treating traditional marriage proponents with any justice or decency. Some of the best content we had on the blog this week came from a correspondent, who is a journalist, who weighed in [Read More...]

Pod people: Pope steps down; many journalists fall down

Gentle readers, one cannot make some of this stuff up. So, everyone knows that Pope Benedict XVI is elderly and has physical ailments. So how tired and elderly is this man? Read the following passage from The Washington Post carefully. The story offers details from his dramatic final dramatic Mass, as pope, at St. Peter’s [Read More...]

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 consideration of lifting its ban on openly gay members and adult leaders. The New York Times reported today on a new development: A leak from inside the Boy Scouts of America last month about discussions on possibly ending the group’s national ban [Read More...]


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