Posts tagged "media criticism"

Everyone’s a Critic

New: The Revealer presents a set of sorta-secular links to mainstream media criticism. Recommendations welcome.

Everybody’s Jew

I Was a Passion News Source. By Laurel Snyder It’s a strange thing, the hunger for public statements, testimonials. Periodically, an important event takes place and forces the media to seek out a community response. And if you happen to work for Hillel in the nearly-rural-overwhelmingly-Christian Midwest, you get a lot of calls from smalltown papers, hungering for the Jewish...

Get It? Got It. Good.

The Revealer welcomes some competition in the religion-press-critique business from GetReligion.org, a new blog edited by Doug LeBlanc and written, for the most part, byTerry Mattingly. The two bring an impressive range of experience to the task — LeBlanc, self-described as “a lifelong Episcopalian but also, by choice, an evangelical Protestant,” has edited religion coverage for secular dailies and...

Framing Power

Maybe religion reporters aren’t so stupid, after all. By Diane Winston I understand Chris Smith’s frustration with the secular media’s coverage of religion (“Religiously Ignorant Journalists”). While Smith was rattled by a Dallas Morning News reporter who called Episcopalians “Episcopals,” I recall an even bigger blooper. A few years back, a Morning News reporter profiled a messianic Jewish congregation...

What’s in a Name?

“Satanic hysteria” is such an interesting phrase, with so many possibilities. The coffee clerk who brought it up at a Revealer reading in Ann Arbor, Michigan, though, seemed to have only one meaning in mind, and a decidedly mundane one at that — she was concerned with what she saw as the media-made fear of Satanism. Not...

Getting It All Wrong

The other day The Revealer was on a radio show with an otherwise very clever journalist who noted that far more people believe in the virgin birth than believe in evolution. What this was evidence of, the journalist — we’ll leave his or her identity out of this, since the remark was so representative — did not...

What We Don’t Know, and Why

Religiously Ignorant Journalists By Christian Smith Today I received a phone message from a journalist from a major Dallas newspaper who wanted to talk to me about a story he was writing about “Episcopals,” about how the controversy over the 2003 General Convention’s approval of the homosexual bishop, Gene Robinson, would affect “Episcopals.” What an...

Priesthood of the Press

From Jay Rosen‘s “Journalism is Itself a Religion” — a new Revealer feature: What results from the “relative godlessness of mainstream journalists?” Or, in a more practical vein: How are editors and reporters striving to improve or beef up their religion coverage? Here and there in the discussion of religion “in” the news, there arises a trickier matter, which is the religion of the newsroom,...

Ultimate Concerns

Nicholas Kristof is at it again. Sometime in the last couple of years, The New York Times columnist found God. Not in the sense of getting religion, but as — stop the presses! — the biggest story of the year. It started with a column noting that while newsrooms tend to be indifferent toward religion, many people on...

Ch-Ch-Changes

Vanity Fair‘s Christopher Hitchens takes a loyalty oath; The New Republic‘s Jeffrey Rosen considers conversion; and The New York Times‘ David Brooks plays the part of the A.C.L.U. These and other scenes from the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s Key West seminar on religion and public life, brought to you almost-live by The Revealer…

Uncovering Islam

Does the press’s coverage of Islam actually cover-up the complexities of a far-from monolithic faith? Why is Islam — one of the fastest growing faiths in the U.S. — usually treated as an international story? Does the press pigeonhole Islam as a political subject, or is Islam by definition a political tradition? Where are all...

Does History have Meaning?

The media elite answer. The Revealer reports. You decide! By Jeff Sharlet Does history have meaning? And if so, what does it have to do with tomorrow’s headlines? Most of the participants at the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s December 7-9 Key West seminar on “religion and public life” wisely dodged the question, but a couple of...