That’s right. And when you write about playing a piano or cello, whom should you quote?
Right again. And when you write about religion, whom should you quote?
Nope, missed that one. When writing about any field, you must include its practitioners — unless it’s a religious group.
NBC News and the New York Times followed that rule faithfully — in this case, faithlessly — in stories about efforts to save church and synagogue buildings, although both have long lost their congregations.
First, the NBC story, the more facile of the two. Travel writer Rob Lovitt found a team store for a minor-league baseball team in South Bend, Ind., that was once the home for the Sons of Israel Synagogue.
Granted, it’s meant to be a light feature by a travel writer. Still, when he includes details like foam fingers but leaves out details on the “rich history” of the synagogue, it’s like leaving a shoe dangling in the air rather than letting it drop.
He’s clearly charmed by the idea of keeping a revered site, quoting Joe Hart, the president of the team: