Friday, July 12, 2013

Home Runs, Feed Bags, and 'Religion' News

Sometimes reporters who cover science or religion stories get the facts straight. I had the pleasure of writing about an example in this morning's post.

On the other hand, some articles give the impression that their authors thought these movies were documentaries:
I could wring my hands is anguish, declare that civilization is doomed, or bitterly denounce ill-informed journalism. That might feel good for a few minutes: but I don't think it's a good idea.

Instead, I wrote this post.

Science

I've written about bungled science in media, mostly in another blog:
Maybe clueless editors and reporters don't take science seriously; maybe they don't care about facts as long as folks read their paper, or watch the evening news: I don't know.

Religion

Almost two thirds of Americans say religion is an important part of our lives. (Gallup (August 31, 2010))

That makes the disconnect between faith and facts in the news remarkable.
Stable Supplies for Horse People, used w/o permission"...If establishment news covered the Super Bowl the way they cover religious news, we'd see expert discussions of the quality of this year's home runs compared to number of women employed by the NFL, and speculation about why the jockeys weren't wearing feed bags....."
(June 15, 2012)

"...I also think that 'news' editors could learn from the sports editor - and start insisting that their religion reporters know a little about religion. Or at least know how - and when - to use Google...."
(December 23, 2011)
Reporters covering the latest 'scientific' or religious doomsday prediction are just doing their job.

Those who assume all Christians believe America's perennial 'end times' forecast and hate science: not so much. (January 8, 2012; May 20, 2011)

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