Why did a Catholic Raven skip White House visit? (updated)

Let’s create a journalism parable. Let’s say that there is a Republican president in office right now, one with ties to a somewhat doctrinaire form of Christianity. So, the day comes when the team that won the Super Bowl — perhaps it’s the Baltimore Ravens — makes its traditional media-friendly visit to the White House. [Read More...]

Why can’t press get religion, when covering black churches?

Let’s face it. The mainstream press really struggles when trying to cover life in African-American churches. On one level, black churches are treated like giant political institutions that — in a city like Baltimore — speak for a crucial segment of the voting public. There is some truth in that view. Any student of American [Read More...]

Baltimore Sun drops ball in profile of a preacher’s son

Here we go again. The following has become a GetReligion mantra, when it comes to mainstream media coverage of sports and religion. If journalists are going to play the God card, especially in the ledes of major stories, it really helps if they are willing to devote some part of these stories to detailing the [Read More...]

That ghost in Dr. Ben Carson’s, well, moral theology

The folks who edit and operate the newspaper that lands in my front yard are having a Devil of a time trying to figure out what to do with Dr. Ben Carson. Frankly, their struggles are beginning to remind me of their struggles to understand the role that the church plays in the lives of [Read More...]

Abortion, rights, viewpoint discrimination and Johns Hopkins

One of the most awkward and painful truths in American higher education is that it is perfectly legal for private colleges and universities — on the left and right — to discriminate against people who refuse to follow, or at least respect, the teachings at the core of these voluntary associations. However, and this is [Read More...]

Playing the same-sex marriage card

Over the weekend, the better half stirred up quite a hornet’s nest for a post noting that some in the media aren’t the slightest bit interested in covering the same-sex marriage debate with any degree of impartiality or nuance. The verdict she reached is damning, and that conclusion can be reached simply by accurately quoting [Read More...]


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