Was Pope Francis ‘anointed’ today? (UPDATED)

The New York Times has run, at last count, 10 pieces in the past six days bringing up the allegations that the new Pope assisted the old Argentine junta in the “Dirty War” period. Which is quite a lot for a story based on hearsay and supposition as opposed to evidence, no? You can read [Read More...]

Is CNN pushing the “Dirty War” story?

Suggestions that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was morally complicit in the crimes of the Argentine junta during the 1970s “dirty war” have made the rounds of the press following his election last week as pope. However, the American and French newspapers have diverged in their coverage of the story with the French reporting the accusations but [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...]

Inside the History Channel’s epic TV miniseries ‘The Bible’

This is one of those GetReligion follow-up posts where we basically say, “See, was that so hard?” Back in December, I raised a few questions about media coverage of “The Bible,” the epic miniseries that debuted Sunday night on the History Channel. In reading an in-depth feature by CNN Belief Blog co-editor Eric Marrapodi over the weekend, I [Read More...]

In a twist, vague evangelicals all oppose immigration reform

Stop me if I sound like a broken record. Once or twice or maybe even three times, I’ve complained about major media reporting that the nation’s evangelicals — all acting in lockstep — have jumped on an immigration reform bandwagon. My concern about these stories has been purely journalistic: a lack of adequate reporting and sourcing to back [Read More...]

Bill Keller, et al, openly confess that “error has no rights”

As the debates rage on about you know what — Washington. Post. Ombudsman. Bias. Column. — I would like to jump in remind faithful GetReligion readers of an earlier episode in this post-journalism drama. I’ll also share another link or two pointing toward pieces in which journalists are discussing some of the prickly issues in [Read More...]

Boy Scouts, Mormons and CNN’s tabloid-style ‘reporting’

Let’s face it: Most of the mainstream media coverage of the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to delay a vote on possibly accepting gay Scouts and adult leaders was pretty ho-hum. Here’s how The New York Times boiled down Wednesday’s development in a 65-word lede (sorry, I could not resist counting): The Boy Scouts of America, which [Read More...]

On immigration reform, ‘many’ evangelicals all think alike

On a chilly morning last January, I got up before the sun rose and joined a Chicago-area preacher in his church van. We drove to a regional deportation center where volunteers minister to illegal immigrants’ relatives before their shackled loved ones are taken to O’Hare International Airport for flights to the U.S. border. I described [Read More...]


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