Another one-sided AP same-sex marriage story

Case closed. The Associated Press has decided, apparently, that stories need to include only side. Stories about same-sex marriage, that is. Earlier this month, I highlighted a doozy of an AP puff piece out of Salt Lake City on some Mormons challenging their church’s stance on homosexuality. Now comes another AP puff piece — this one [Read More...]

Pod people: Facts are your friends, journalists

Here at GetReligion, we make no secret of our bias. That bias: our deep affection for good, old-fashioned journalism. In two recent posts, I highlighted stories at opposite extremes of that ideal. I discuss those posts with host Todd Wilken on this week’s episode of “Crossroads,” the GetReligion podcast. In my “When religious liberty clashes [Read More...]

Mormons softening opposition to homosexuality … or not

If you enjoy quality journalism, feel free to skip an Associated Press story out today on Mormons challenging their church’s stance on homosexuality. But if you’re in the mood for a puff piece, wow … AP has produced a doozy! From start to finish, this quasi-news report engages in unfettered cheerleading. Ready? OK!: SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — [Read More...]

When religious liberty clashes with gay rights

This was the headline on a Wall Street Journal story this week: Some Businesses Balk at Gay Weddings And the subhead: Photographers, Bakers Face Legal Challenges After Rejecting Jobs on Religious Grounds At this point, the Journal arrives at a critical juncture: the lede. The opening sentences will give a pretty clear idea where this story [Read More...]

Ghost in that NYTimes Justice Kennedy hagiography

It’s time for a quick dip into my unusually thick GetReligion folder of guilt, that place where I stash stories that I know deserve a bite of criticism, but more pressing matters (think Syria) keep pushing them back in the cyber-queue. The other day, The New York Times ran what was essentially a work of [Read More...]

Guess which sin makes church discipline newsworthy?

Every week, in churches around the world, Christians engage in a peculiar practice in which they confront and correct fellow believers on a range of issues, which are often lumped into a general category called “sins.” The process for this practice was first outlined by a popular religious leader named Jesus and recorded in a [Read More...]

The moral (and news) authority of Desmond Tutu

An article at BBC.com on the launch of a United Nations-backed campaign to promote gay rights in South Africa is a perfect example of the kinds of difficulties that mainstream journalists face when reporting on world figures who have left the public eye. The name and the work of retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu is known [Read More...]

Gay rights, street preachers, and narrative preferences

When I was 12-years-old I developed an unhealthy addiction to Choose Your Own Adventure novels. Perhaps due to my own lack of imagination, I became hooked on the books where an author would frame a story in which I was the hero. (In case you’re too old or too young to remember this Gen-X genre [Read More...]


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