NYTimes finally makes some changes on the fetus front

Oh to have been a fly on the fall during any editing discussions at The New York Times national desk during the time between the newspaper of record’s early report on the verdict in the Dr. Kermit Gosnell case and the final version that is currently online. Yes, there were a few changes. Now I [Read More...]

Should pro-choice activists be asked Gosnell questions?

The New York Times Sunday Magazine ran a Mother’s Day interview with, who else, the head of Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood does a few things that people either love or hate, but none so much as aborting more than 300,000 unborn children each year. The media are firmly on one side of this issue and [Read More...]

Death penalty in Cleveland horrors? Wait, who died?

Once again, let’s turn to the dictionary and that tricky word “fetus,” which has through the decades been at the heart of so many bitter newsroom arguments about abortion, morality, religion, science and law. fe·tus … pl. fe·tus·es … 2. In humans, the unborn young from the end of the eighth week after conception to [Read More...]

Problems with today’s press? Religion is No. 1

After a busy Pascha weekend, I need to jump back into the tmatt file of guilt for a moment or two. You just know, with a single glance at the title on this essay, that dozens of GetReligion readers were going to clutch the mice to the side of their keyboards and forward this piece [Read More...]

Brave religious protestors fight devil in Oak Ridge

My goal is to write a relatively short post about a very, very long Washington Post story, a Style section story that I urge all GetReligion readers to check out. As the name implies, the massive 14-part feature entitled “The Prophets of Oak Ridge” is a religion story from start to finish, drenched in biblical [Read More...]

So, does LA need a ‘conservative’ newspaper or not?

Time for a quick trip into tmatt’s infamous GetReligion file of guilt. You just know that plenty of GetReligion readers are going to send us emails about an essay — in this case, from The Week — that runs with the following headline: Why newspapers need to hire more Christians For starters, it would help [Read More...]

Breaking the silence on abortion doctors like Gosnell

Sometimes other people do such fine GetReligion-esque media criticism that we just like to point at it and then walk away. So that’s precisely what I’m going to do with Melinda Henneberger’s piece “Are there more abortion doctors like Kermit Gosnell? And do we want to know?” that ran online at the Washington Post. What [Read More...]

Does journalism matter?

Does journalism matter? Not as much as it once did – if audience numbers or circulation rates are any guide. The influence and authority of the nightly network news and the morning metropolitan daily is on the ebb. They like the sea of faith were once, too, at the full, round earth’s shore and lay [Read More...]


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