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July 29, 2014
Lovers and labels in coverage of same-sex marriage ruling (updated)
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June 10, 2014
What? You thought Francis, Peres and Abbas really prayed?
Let's state this in journalistic terms. What? You thought that the mainstream journalists covering the...
May 23, 2014
Worst religion story of the year? AP trashes Phil Robertson
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May 15, 2014
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Given your short attention span, I'll make this brief. And I'll get right to the...
April 04, 2014
About that ‘complex’ doctrine Catholic teachers must follow
Imagine this lede atop a national wire service story: CINCINNATI (AP) — Parochial teachers are so...
February 13, 2014
Ghosts haunt AP story on Boy Scouts of America
When my oldest son was a Boy Scout, the entire experience was couched in church...
December 09, 2013
The second storytelling rule: Get the name of the church
The first storytelling rule: Get the name of the dog. So says Poynter Institute writing...
November 18, 2013
Blessed corpses — and holy ghosts — after typhoon
Here's my nominee for "Most Bland Headline of the Weekend." It appeared atop an Associated Press report:...
October 19, 2013
Another one-sided AP same-sex marriage story
Case closed. The Associated Press has decided, apparently, that stories need to include only side....
September 04, 2013
AP embraces cliches, labels in seminary prez profile
Yawn. Sorry, I just finished reading The Associated Press' feeble attempt at profiling Albert Mohler...
July 30, 2013
Results vary as media follow Rick Warren’s return
Over the weekend, Rick Warren returned to the pulpit for the first time since his...
May 15, 2013
Ready! Set! Be bored by Illinois’ same-sex marriage debate!
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life's "Religion News on the Web" page is one...
January 29, 2013
Gays, Boy Scouts and the religion angle
I've been swamped with my regular job the last few days, so I have not...
January 18, 2013
Tibet is burning
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January 04, 2013
Mixing scales of justice and songs of praise
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