Pod people: There really are two sides to every story, folks

The stories we critique here at GetReligion usually fall into one of two categories. First we have the good stories: well-written pieces that are fair, balanced, properly sourced and complement the outlets they represent. The second category is comprised of the opposite kind of story, the poorly written ones. These pieces have problems such as [Read More…]

JFK’s strong Catholic ties and the speech he DIDN’T give

Ten years ago, while working in the Dallas bureau of The Associated Press, I wrote a national package of stories commemorating the 40th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. As the nation paused today — the 50th anniversary — to remember Kennedy’s death on Nov. 22, 1963, I wondered if any enterprising journalist might [Read More…]

Faith, fear and the Holocaust

Back in March, this title on a New York Times news analysis grabbed my attention: The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking I found the article itself fascinating, but the headline struck me as more suited for a New York tabloid than the Old Gray Lady. I mean, I’m not sure how the systematic killing of [Read More…]

Ghost of Notre Dame’s modern-day ‘Rudy’

Is the pope Catholic? Wait. That’s not what I wanted to know. Here’s my real question: Is Grant Patton Catholic? “Grant who?” you ask. Patton is a Notre Dame football player featured this week in an inspirational sports column in The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky.: If there wasn’t already a movie about an unlikely Notre Dame [Read More…]