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  • How not to cover a YouTube story: Seeing isn't believing in the Greek baby baptism
    The Internet furore over the violent baptism of a Greek Orthodox baby has seeped into the mainstream press. The story in itself is amusing, but it also provides a teaching moment on how not to do journalism. The difficulty is how to report on YouTube videos. Is seeing believing? How do you report accurately and fairly on a video that cannot be authenticated? […]
  • The politics -- ancient and modern -- that surround the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
    The other day, I pointed readers toward a piece of student journalism from the famed Columbia University School of Journalism -- a kind of a "Religion Beat: The Next Generation" nod. Click here to see that post: "Meet the Muslim Man Who Rents Crosses in Jerusalem." Several readers asked if this was new territory for GetReligion, since we […]
  • Friday Five: Paige Patterson all-nighter, pope's Europe worries, royal celebrity pastor and more
    On Tuesday, I made what I thought would be a quick trip to Fort Worth, Texas, to cover the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's board meeting for the Washington Post. I arrived at noon for the meeting that started at 1:30 p.m. and figured the trustees' deliberations on embattled President Paige Patterson would last a few hours. I fully expec […]
  • God, guns and grace: Sun Myung Moon's sons put their spin on dad's religion
    One of the benefits of working at the Washington Times –- as I did for more than 14 years -– was watching the soap opera that was the family of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church, which through its subsidiaries owned the Times. Not that I ever got to see much of Moon's 14 children. But I sure heard about them, especially whe […]
  • ESPN tells an NBA veteran's emotional story extremely well — and with a strong faith angle
    The boss man sent me a link to this story. "This has positive Bobby written all over it," tmatt said in his email. In other words, knowing my love for "faith in sports" angles, he thought I'd appreciate ESPN's emotional feature on Kyle Korver, whose brother died unexpectedly a few months ago. For those who, like me, don't f […]
  • Saying goodbye to 'The Middle,' a rare Middle Class comedy (and we know what that means)
    Anyone who has been alive and watching American television in recent months (or reading mainstream media sources that provide entertainment news), knows that Roseanne Barr has made a spectacular return to the air, with the rebirth of the classic "Roseanne" sitcom. Whether this is a spectacularly good thing or a spectacularly bad thing depends on ho […]
  • Waves of transgender news add to difficult agenda confronting religious traditionalists
    A bit of U.S. “mainline” Protestant history was made May 11. The Rhode Island State Council of Churches announced that its 70-year-old executive minister, American Baptist Donald Anderson, will take three months off for an unspecified “process of transitioning” to female identity. The council’s board is “totally supportive,” stated its  president, a United C […]
  • Fertility frontier: Washington Post delves into God's work vs. that of modern science
    I saw the most intriguing story about new fertilization techniques and religion recently, only to discover that the Washington Post has a huge collection of articles and videos about every facet of the explosion of baby-making technologies under the heading of “Fertility Frontier.” There’s a video series about a single 29-year-old woman (and Post staffer) wo […]
  • After midnight: Dramatic turn in Paige Patterson drama, with religion-beat pros on the scene
    Let's face it, it's going to be hard to do a GetReligion-style critique of a breaking hard-news story in The Washington Post that runs with this byline: "By Bobby Ross Jr., Sarah Pulliam Bailey and Michelle Boorstein — May 23 at 6:44 AM." Luckily, Wednesday is Bobby's normal day off here at GetReligion. He was all over Twitter, into […]
  • Another faith angle with a Detroit Tigers pitcher: Free Press nails how Matthew Boyd raised his game
    Apparently, I'm not the only journalist interested in the faith of Detroit Tigers pitchers. To refresh those who haven't committed all my baseball stories to memory: A few years ago, I interviewed Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris about his baptism in his uniform as a high school player. Just a few weeks ago, I interviewed a different Tigers pitcher — M […]