Monday, April 1, 2013

Surprise. The New York Times is not good at covering religion.

From the blog Get Religion:

The reporter who passed this one along to us wrote, simply:

they just make it real easy for you guys, don’t they?

Another reporter on Twitter put it:

That NYT correction has to be throwing @GetReligion HQ into all-hands-on-deck mode. “I need EVERYONE ON THIS NOW!”

Sadly, we’ve had such reason to be down on general religion coverage in recent weeks, that I’m not even sure anyone is surprised by this. But still. But still.

The New York Times published a fairly straightforward story about Pope Francis’ first Urbi et Orbi message. With this paragraph:

Easter is the celebration of the resurrection into heaven of Jesus, three days after he was crucified, the premise for the Christian belief in an everlasting life. In urging peace, Francis called on Jesus to ”change hatred into love, vengeance into forgiveness, war into peace.”

Yes, the professionals at the New York Times are confused about what Easter marks. If you were satirizing the poor state of the Grey Lady’s understanding of religion, this would seem over-the-top. And yet it’s real...

Complete article here.

1 comment:

  1. Yesterday's CBS news magazine program, "Sunday Morning," did a feature piece titled, "Who was Mary?" The views offered by the persons who were interviewed in the piece did not closely match Orthodox teachings, but that was no surprise.

    My surprise came upon hearing the reporter refer to the "beloved disciple" who was at the foot of the cross as John the Baptist!

    I looked up the show's webpage, which has both the video and a text version of the piece. I was happy to see that there is a correction given at the end of the text version.

    Here's the link: