What’s in a name?

Back in April when Texas authorities seized children from a ranch owned by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we discussed how well the media distinguished between them and the much larger Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As far as media coverage went, we thought reporters handled the distinction [Read More...]

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About that pregnancy pact . . .

When Time magazine broke the story about the alleged Gloucester High School pregnancy pact, the entire media world erupted. It’s been covered on all the cable news shows, papers nationwide and has even been covered by international media. It’s kind of odd that this story exploded at the same time J.C. Penney’s debuted their new [Read More...]

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Gay marriage: More religious depth, please

Some religion stories err because the reporter, instead of diving into the topic’s waters, skims along its surface. As a result, a reader comes away thinking he has not learned much. I certainly did not learn much after reading two recent stories about homosexuality in California. For The Washington Post, reporter Ashley Surdin wrote about [Read More...]

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Morality-free porn coverage

The Columbus Dispatch had one of the most straightforward accounts of a porn try-out session I have ever seen in a mainstream newspaper Thursday. Substitute the subject of pornography, and you could have easily placed the story in the Wednesday afternoon farmer’s market where tomatoes and cabbage are for sale to the general public. Here [Read More...]

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That quiet, historic London rite

We have some GetReligion readers out there who are beginning to think like reporters, when it comes to watching the Anglican wars. What about the timing of all of those stories about the recent high-church union rite for Father Peter Cowell and Father David Lord held on May 31? Why did it take so, so [Read More...]

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Values-free teen pregnancy coverage

The news of a pregnancy boom at the Massachusetts fishing town’s Gloucester High School has made an amazing fast lap around the Internets over the last couple of days. The story seems to stem from Wednesday’s publication on Time magazine’s Web site of the allegation that about eight girls younger than 16 had made a [Read More...]

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Clinging to journalism doctrines

After one brief palate-cleansing look at decent stories on the same-sex marriage issue, we can now return to the mainstream media’s attack on defenders of traditional marriage. At this point, I’m not sure how inadvertent the biased stories are. Take this feature from yesterday’s Los Angeles Times. Headline: California’s gay marriage law revives religious debate [Read More...]

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Holy smoke! What a headline!

Again and again, we need to stress that newspaper reporters rarely, if ever, write the headlines for their stories. I mention this because of a stunning headline in The Telegraph about the pre-Lambeth strategy meeting that conservatives are having right now in Jerusalem (after making a quick exit from Jordan, for complicated and perhaps political [Read More...]

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