That all-but-missing detail about Jeb Bush’s life

Catholics here in America have a very intense and interesting relationship with the mainstream press. First of all, there are just so many of them and so many different kinds — with active and inactive, believing and non-believing being the simple points of reference. Second, their sheer numbers make it impossible to ignore Catholics when [Read More...]

Untangling the Tsarnaevs’ Muslim ties, carefully

On Friday we asked readers to send in thoughts on good and bad coverage of religion angles for the Tsarnaev brothers. And we’ve seen quite a bit of good coverage — too much to go into but I hope you’re seeing it in your local and national outlets. We’ve also heard from religion reporters and [Read More...]

Power to hype or downplay: On Gosnell and the NYTimes

Many in the media are indicating that they really want to move on from the Gosnell trial that they’ve struggled to cover — or ignored — from the get-go. You’re not seeing much coverage. Earlier this week I came across a small example that demonstrates how media frenzies are fed or squashed. It’s instructive. Let’s [Read More...]

Is Ephesians 6 really about Thatcher’s strength?

Whenever my Washington Journalism Center students start covering speeches and major public events, always I tell them that they face three major journalistic challenges. They have to: (1) Get the words down, whether in professional quality notes, on a recording or, ideally, both. (2) Understand the words, by which I mean that a reporter has [Read More...]

Mysterious deluge of unreported Catholics

I’m on a few of those neighborhood list-servs. One of them is for area parents. One of the members is a local reporter and she asks for interviews with folks for various stories she’s working on. Well, one of her recent stories was related to the Newtown massacre. Had any parents, she wanted to know, [Read More...]

On Sarah Kliff’s mea culpa on Gosnell (a national story)

If you have been on Twitter in the past week or so, you probably know that our own M.Z. Hemingway recently wrote a post that noted: … Since tmatt has me reading the Washington Post every day, to look at how the paper’s health policy reporter was covering Gosnell. I have critiqued many of her [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...]

WPost demonstrates how not to respond to Gosnell critiques, again

It’s like drinking water from a fire hose. That’s what processing all of the information coming out right now about either the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell or the problems with the media coverage of same is like. I have 600+ emails in my inbox to open and they keep coming. Many want to just [Read More...]


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