Flash! Cardinal says all people created in God’s image

In a way, the existence of the short New York Times story that ran with this headline, “Dolan Says the Catholic Church Should Be More Welcoming to Gay People,” is simply a matter of journalistic math. Fact 1: Cardinal Timothy Dolan is the Catholic shepherd of New York and the president of the U.S. Catholic [Read More...]

Whoa! Questions about marriage and religious liberty!

Yesterday some of us got a bit academic (and some of us practiced calling people bigots) as we discussed media coverage of the efforts to change marriage from an institution built on sexual complementarity to an institution built on sexual orientation. Believing — by science, religion or otherwise — that all humans are made male [Read More...]

Got news? Egyptian Copts tortured for some strange reason

Yes, I know that we’re talking about a report on Fox News. That fact alone, for many readers, will mean that GetReligion is once again venturing into the world of alternative, niche, “conservative” news. I recognize that. However, I still want to know why this event is getting little or no coverage in the mainstream [Read More...]

Polyamory, pessimism and other same-sex marriage ink

After years of pointing out how unbelievably unprofessional the journalism of same-sex marriage coverage was, something weird happened last week. Instead of the typical media suppression and derision, we started seeing stories about the people and arguments in favor of retaining marriage as a heterosexual institution. Now, they weren’t particularly good stories and they weren’t [Read More...]

WWROD: Is bad religion-news coverage bad for news biz?

Warning to readers: The following post is blatantly self-serving and includes flattering remarks about the work of your GetReligionistas. More on that in a minute. A long, long time ago, soon after the cooling of the earth’s crust, I did a bunch of pre-World World Wide web research into the forces that shaped a big [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...]

Pod people: Can journalism be a civilizing influence?

On this week’s Crossroads podcast, host Todd Wilken and I talked about recent admissions from the mainstream media about the difficulty they’ve had treating traditional marriage proponents with any justice or decency. Some of the best content we had on the blog this week came from a correspondent, who is a journalist, who weighed in [Read More...]

Critical thinking would help reporters cover gay debates

Yesterday we looked at some of this week’s worst examples of some major media’s trouble covering homosexuality or same-sex marriage. It was what I was thinking about as I ruminated on a first-person essay on TheAtlantic.com headlined: There Probably Isn’t Any Neutral Way to Report on Homosexuality Journalists could do better at conveying the best [Read More...]


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