At last! Actual journalism on the same-sex marriage beat

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War. I was an early skeptic of the war, back when that was a somewhat lonely place to be. Journalists who engaged in more cheerleading than skepticism toward that war have been spending the week issuing mea culpas for their failure to consider [Read More...]

A press litany: Will Pope Francis just hold that Vatican line?

As always, the gospel according to The New York Times — in an early version of its instant Pope Francis analysis — was spot on, with this headline: “Argentine Pope Will Make History, but Backs Vatican Line.” And the lede? More of the same: Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, to be called Francis, will break ground [Read More...]

Benedict XVI yearned for return to the old Catholic Europe?

Does anyone remember why the powerful Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger selected the name Benedict XVI when he was elected pope? I may be wrong on this, but here is what I remember. Yes, his choice was a salute to an earlier pope, who helped steer the church through the crisis of World War I. And, yes, [Read More...]

Good Catholic info, sort of, but lousy ‘Catholic’ headline

Right now, editors in major newsrooms are doing everything they can to cover the papal horse race over at the Vatican. It’s crunch time. Thus, journalists are asking questions such as these: How will the cardinals vote? What are they doing to campaign and win votes? What are the political issues that are being debated? [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...]

Critical thinking would help reporters cover gay debates

Yesterday we looked at some of this week’s worst examples of some major media’s trouble covering homosexuality or same-sex marriage. It was what I was thinking about as I ruminated on a first-person essay on TheAtlantic.com headlined: There Probably Isn’t Any Neutral Way to Report on Homosexuality Journalists could do better at conveying the best [Read More...]

Can the press cover traditionalists with justice and decency?

Thanks to the many readers who sent in kind words regarding my piece last week on the Washington Post ombudsman column that shed light on how bigoted some in the media are when it comes to covering those who oppose changing marriage laws to include same-sex couples. That column, which quoted directly from a shockingly [Read More...]

Self-described way-devoted super-Catholics and the press

I already used this YouTube as art in a post last week but it really fits for this story. Really fits. In the clip above, Lutheran Satire makes fun of the type of “Catholic” used by the media in stories about the Roman Catholic Church. Somehow this video was stripped of satire, transformed into print [Read More...]


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