Boo! No ghosts in WSJ coverage of rural-urban divide

In a 2006 column about my grandparents, I reflected on my rural upbringing: I close my eyes and I am back in Hayward, a speck on the map in southeastern Missouri’s Bootheel where my Papa and Grandma Ross lived. I see my grandparents’ wood-paneled station wagon parked outside the two-story house that Papa built himself. [Read More...]

Too little news, too much analysis?

A flurry of e-mailed links to religion news stories flies back and forth each day among your friendly neighborhood GetReligionistas. If a contributor wants to take a crack at a particular story, that person calls “Dibs!” We review many more stories than we have time or space to critique, evidenced by the 3,798 items in [Read More...]

Pod people: Red America and Bible Belt atheists

On the latest Issues, Etc. podcast, host Todd Wilken and I discuss my recent post on a Washington Post story that featured a red-state American in her natural habitat. I explain why I liked that story better than some other post-election autopsies of Republican-leaning states, such as this New York Times story. While the Post story devoted 1,800 words to [Read More...]

Red-state American in her natural habitat

I gotta admit: Just a few sentences into this Washington Post feature on post-election Red America and I was already worried. I just knew that this was going to be one of those sarcastic, elite-reporter-gets-to-know-ignorant-people-in-the-sticks kind of stories (i.e., see the pretty zoo animals with “Mitt Romney” campaign buttons): HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — She arrived early to take [Read More...]


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