NYTimes revisits high court’s abortion buffer zone ruling

In grading first-day coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court striking down a Massachusetts abortion buffer zone law, I gave The New York Times a D. My explanation for the near-failing grade: The NYTimes’ front-page story does an excellent job of explaining where the justices came down. But the Old Gray Lady shows her bias when it comes to reporting reactions [Read More...]

Big news report card: Grading abortion buffer zone coverage

___________________________________ ___________________________________ As my GetReligion colleague Jim Davis highlighted this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Massachusetts abortion buffer zone law. News junkie that I am, I enjoyed perusing today’s front pages and searching Google News to see how various news organizations handled the story. Using my media critic’s prerogative, I decided [Read More...]

To protest abortion coverage, a #MarchOnMedia

Yesterday I found out about protest against the media’s coverage of abortion. It’s called March On The Media and the band of protesters will go to ABC News studios in Washington, D.C. to demand better news coverage. Was it a commenter here who suggested that the massive throngs of annual pro-life marchers should re-route through [Read More...]

AP’s abominable (but familiar) abortion approach

So I guess the Associated Press’ reportorial staff in Texas is on vacation this week. Good for them! I hope they’re having a great time. Not good for news consumers, though, as AP coverage of the Texas legislature couldn’t be worse right now. Take this four-paragraph, six-sentence story published on USA Today that began: AUSTIN, [Read More...]

IRS scandal and ‘easy’ religion ghosts

On a recent Crossroads podcast, host Todd Wilken remarked with interest on how many of the year’s major news stories have to do with religion. A cursory glance at the headlines proves it, year after year. But even the non-religion news stories frequently have religion angles. And so it is with one of the scandals [Read More...]

Media coverage of Roe at 40

One could write several volumes under this headline, but we’ll just look at a few items to come out in recent days. Let’s start with this from NBC: As the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision takes place on Tuesday, a majority of Americans – for the first time – believe [Read More...]

Marco Rubio and the media’s curiously inconsistent approach to science

I wonder if any of our readers have read Thomas Nagel’s new book Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False. I’ve been reading the reviews and they’re fascinating. The New Republic review says Nagel, a devout atheist, has “performed an important service with his withering critical examination of [Read More...]

Catholic bishops’ not-so-partisan partisan crusade

The Washington Post ran a piece from Religion News Service with the headline: Catholic bishops make last-minute pitch for Romney Considering that the bishops didn’t even name Vice President Joe Biden when they corrected a false claim he made about the HHS mandate during the debate a few weeks ago, I thought it major news [Read More...]


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