Posts tagged "religion and media"

Other New Orleans

New Orleans may be a city “where old-time religion and voodoo converge,” as the NYT’s Michael Brick puts it, but so far the Katrina coverage — heavy on prayers and spiritual healing — has been weighted to the first side of the equation. The Revealer‘s pagan friends — ok, critics — write us to point...

Heavens Above! (Politics Below)

Nick Street asks why Christian conservative media is so literally down to earth. Does Pat Robertson dig the Hubble Space Telescope as much as I do? Not hardly. In fact, a search of the Christian Broadcasting Network’s website yields not one hit on the name “Hubble.” Not one! “So what?” you may ask. In the...

Cracking the Code’s Controversy?

Nellie Day: Kentucky’s Messenger-Inquirer, like many other American papers, tries to present an unbiased look at the soon-to-be film version of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. Instead, Karen Owen spends 25 paragraphs back-and-forthing on the strangely past-tense headline: “‘Da Vinci Code,’ Upcoming Film Upset Catholics.” What’s remarkable are the reasons Owen’s sources give for...

Religion Reporting Without Religion

The NYT‘s Gardiner Harris manages to report an entire religion story without one reference to religion. And we’re not so sure that’s a bad thing. The story is the latest maneuver in the ongoing FDA struggle over the “morning-after pill,” set into motion in part by the radical evangelical activism of FDA advisor Dr. W....

Sermonasaurs

Everybody likes giant, roadside dinosaurs — even folks who believe that dinosaurs disprove evolution. Whatever — a T-Rex by the gas pump? Neat-o. Which is why, no doubt, this story on attempts by creationists to use such icons as kitsch as evangelizing tools is today’s most emailed story from the L.A. Times. That, and the...

Faster, Paula Zahn, Kill! Kill!

CNN’s Paula Zahn jumps on the assassination bandwagon: “Has controversial broadcaster Pat Robertson gone too far, or is he onto something?” More from Jon Stewart‘s Daily Show, offering the best media criticism of L’Affaire Robertson. Seriously. Funny, too.

Spiritual, But Not Newsworthy

Newsweek‘s spiritual hard-sell. Newsweek‘s “Spirituality” theme issue would barely merit mention as anything other than a crass attempt to peddle holy holy (a la the not one but two times Jesus has appeared on the magazine’s cover the last year, each time to herald breaking news of, uh, a 2,000-year-old religion) were it not for...

A Time Before the Word “Fuck”

Bernard Goldberg became a hero of the right when he published Bias, his insider account of what he argues is CBS’ liberal agenda. Now, he’s back, with another hard-hitting expose: 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (And Al Franken is #37). Very few conservatives make the list, but Goldberg says that’s beside the point....

13 July 2005 Daily Links

Don’t run, Hillary, don’t run: Amy Sullivan: “Jill Lawrence, one of USA Today‘s campaign correspondents in 2004, has observed that very few political reporters wrote about the way Kerry used religious language—even though, she noted, it occurred every week on the campaign trail—because they assumed that Democratic candidates weren’t deeply religious. ‘The stereotype of the...

12 July 2005 Daily Links

Neil Young, Superstar: Doug LeBlanc at Get Religion is reporting that Neil Young and NPR are teaming up to kill God. That’s because Doug doesn’t know that Neil Young is God. Middle ground blahs: The NYT‘s Laurie Goodstein turns in an entirely servicable piece on the growing number of evangelical chaplains in the Air Force....

10 July 2005 Daily Links

Christianity Ha-Ha: In about 36 hours, 1,000 pastors from around the country are coming to my megachurch, where I have worked for the last six years. They are coming for a pastors’ conference to learn how to run their churches more effectively. My job is to make them laugh… Alt weeklies and alte kackers: An...

NYT: This is What Religion Should Look Like

Noah Feldman‘s carefully-reasoned essay on the church/state dilemma of American politics, excerpted from his new book, Divided by God: America’s Church-State Problem — and What We Should Do About It, in today’s New York Times Magazine reveals a distillation of the Times‘ sensibility when it comes to religious conflict. That attitude is not, as conservatives...