Posts tagged "religion and journalism"

How Do We Talk About the Religious Right

Ann Neumann: Speaking of Talk to Action: two of their writers, Chip Berlet andFredrick Clarkson, have posts up at Religion Dispatches. Clarkson writes, “Many challenges face those who think about, analyze and report on the Religious Right (let alone those who want to take appropriate political action.) One problem is acquiring some foundational knowledge. Another is finding generally...

Media Crit, the Next Generation

A letter to the editor of The Revealer: “i’m 13 in 8th grade and your article gives no information at all! i need information on a paper i have to do and you have been no help at all! — kecia pratt,13, sandy creek new york”

Journalism Faces Faith

Magazine Writing: Journalism Faces Faith By Jeff Sharlet Abbreviated In an era of culture war, holy war, and technological revolution, religion, in the true, broad sense, permeates at least half the stories in the news. Iraq, Iran, Israel — we know those are religion stories. George W. Bush is a religion story. Stem cell research...

The Shape of Journalism to Come

Sharlet: This fall, I’ll be teaching The Revealer as a text and as an assignment for a group of journalism graduate students here at New York University, as part of a seminar in magazine writing called “Journalism Faces Faith.” As I finalize the syllabus, I’m hoping Revealer readers will help me select work with which...

Boycott Fundamentalism

There’s just no good term for the cultural movement and political force variously referred to as the “Christian Right,” or “fundamentalists.” “Christian conservatives,” the term The Revealer uses most often, has the advantage of inoffensiveness, which means it’s also bland — that is, it doesn’t capture either the vitality/threat (you choose) of the people to...

The Truth About “Jim Wallis”

What does the NYTimes‘ Elisabeth Bumiller do when presented with a story that reveals cracks in the Christian right? Why, she calls Jim Wallis, of course. Wallis, who possesses the power to channel the thoughts of several million non-Republican evangelicals, has become a quote machine, a stock figure in any news story about what the press calls the “Christian left.”...

Radio On

Revealer editor Jeff Sharlet discusses his cover story from the May issue of Harper’s, “Soldiers of Christ: Inside America’s Most Powerful Megachurch,” tonight at 9:22 pm est with Janeane Garofalo and Sam Seder on Air America’s “The Majority Report.”

Who You Callin’ Christian?

Mainline Protestants fight back: NYT ”conservative beat” reporter David D. Kirkpatrick, with Sheryl Gay Stolberg, bring us signs of a liberal Christianity gearing up for battle, as representatives challenge Senator Bill Frist for his planned participation in an upcoming Christian right event designed to denigrate Democrats as against “people of faith.” Frist is a member of the Presbyterian Church of...

And They’re Off!

Those who prefer their pope-news in the style of The Daily Racing Form will find an excellent guide to ponies – Ratzinger ahead by a nose! — compiled by Doug LeBlanc at Get Religion.

Nicholas D. Kristof Shows Us His Cheeks

Why, oh why, do they hate us so? Such is the question posed by earnest Nick Kristof in “A Slap in the Face,” yesterday’s column for The NYT. The “they” and the “us” are the masses and the media, separated now by a divide even wider than the “God gulf” Kristof diagnosed in early 2004, just...

Same Old Disdain, Great New Flavor

We’ve been arguing with Caleb Stegall, an editor of our favorite small-o orthodox Christian website that likes to bash us, about how to write these little blurbs below the fold of The Revealer. Caleb charges us with using the cover of press criticism to throw elbows at religious ideas we don’t like, such as Christian conservatism. We’re hurt...

Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest

There is no shortage of foolish rhetoric clamoring for the attention of poor Terri Schiavo, from both the self-declared “culture of life” and the smeared “culture of death.” The mystery here is why the press is so unable, or unwilling, to distinguish the grandstanders and the crusaders from those with actual, relevant comments. We hope,...