Hero or troubled soul: Dallas pastor takes his life

Right from the start, a long Page 1 story in The Dallas Morning News portrays the Rev. Charles Moore as a hero. The headline on the weekend story: In dying act, minister hoped to inspire social justice The top of the 1,750-word story: From segregated churches of East Texas to destitute slums of India, the Rev. [Read More...]

Results vary as media follow Rick Warren’s return

Over the weekend, Rick Warren returned to the pulpit for the first time since his son’s suicide nearly four months ago. This made national headlines — and rightly so. The coverage that I saw ranged from weak to adequate to truly exceptional. On the weak side, the Los Angeles Times did a bare bones report that [Read More...]

Boomers are killing themselves. Why?

Tuesday’s front page of the Washington Post had a collection of interesting stories above the fold: “Justices uphold Md. law on DNA,” “For Hezbollah, a risky engagement in Syria,” a large and compelling photo of “Chaos in Turkey’s streets,” and “Why the sharp rise in suicides by boomers?” I’m not nearly so melancholy about the [Read More...]

Out front: the stigma of mental illness

In 2011, I traveled to rural Oregon to report on a minister who helped bring healing to his small town after a string of suicides. As part of that Christian Chronicle story, I noted that 35,000 Americans died by suicide in the most recent year for which statistics were available: Victims range from teenagers harassed [Read More...]

Myopic coverage of Warren in tragedy?

Of the many sad stories this weekend, one was the news that Rick Warren’s son Matthew killed himself. Suicides are difficult to cover and there’s some (though probably not enough) debate about when and how to cover them. In this case, the news was announced in emails to the congregation and staff of Saddleback Church, [Read More...]


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