Blind Spot When Journalists Dont Get Religion

Paperback | November 17, 2008

byPaul Marshall, Lela Gilbert, Roberta Green-Ahmanson

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Today understanding of religion is essential to understanding many major news stories. This book examines how the media frequently miss or misunderstand these stories because they do not take religion seriously, and how they misunderstand religion when they do take it seriously. To the extentthat journalists do not grasp events' religious dimensions, both global and local, the authors argue, they are hindered from, and sometimes incapable of, describing what is happening. However, on the national level the press is one of the most secular institutions in American society -- notnecessarily contemptuous of serious religion, just uncomprehending. The essays in this book examine nine specific news stories that were inadequately or incorrectly reported by major news sources because their religious dimension was ignored, overlooked, or misrepresented. These stories range from the 2004 U.S. presidential elections to Iran, Iraq, and the papalsuccession. In each case the author demonstrates how the story might have been more effectively reported and concludes with specific suggestions for journalist. The authors include both scholars and experienced news analysts. Although it will be of particular interest to people of faith, the bookoffers all readers an interesting and balanced analysis of the news media's uneasy relationship with religion and religious issues.

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Today understanding of religion is essential to understanding many major news stories. This book examines how the media frequently miss or misunderstand these stories because they do not take religion seriously, and how they misunderstand religion when they do take it seriously. To the extentthat journalists do not grasp events' religi...

Paul Marshall is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Religious Freedom. Lela Gilbert is a freelance Writer and editor, co-author (with Paul Marshall) of award-winning survey of anti-Christian persecution "Their Blood Cries Out". Roberta Green-Ahmanson is an award-winning journalist.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 0.59 inPublished:November 17, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195374371

ISBN - 13:9780195374377

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