Tuesday Highlights

Good morning.

  1. I think Origen noted that feature in Scripture just a few years earlier (that is the idea that there are “blue parakeet verses”, which cause you to stumble so that you might pay closer attention).
  2. Faith and unbelief … from a modern Saint.
  3. A new novel and the battle between liberal and conservative Catholics.
  4. Plans of mice, men, and God.
  5. A sticking point in the torture debate.
  6. Considering autism … more here. All of this skirts the important question of how to love your neighbor especially when your neighbor is disordered.
  7. Those touting the marginal benefits of universal health insurance … are innumerate? (one might also recall that there are 15,000 late term abortions per year of which over half are not for reasons of health of mother or child).
  8. Egypt and Darfur.
  9. Roman catacombs in Bethlehem.
  10. Timing issues at the Globe.
  11. Praising that cup of joe.
  12. Bias in the media, say it ain’t so! Anti-catholic bigotry remains a respectable in much of the US.
  13. What passes for logic on the left … remains however “high test hokum.”
  14. Churches talk on high level backchannels.
  15. Two books recommended.
  16. Odd phrasing in the context of the flu.
  17. Turkey is touted as the prime example of a secular Muslim state … but is there a better example?
  18. A beautiful bride … and the meaning of marriage and mortality.

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  1. Bias in the media, say it ain’t so! Anti-catholic bigotry remains a respectable in much of the US.

    Your link purports to show bias, albeit with n=1. (You distrust polls, but n=1 always seems to convince you… when it affirms your existing beliefs.)

    Bigotry is nowhere in sight.

    A beautiful bride … and the meaning of marriage and mortality.

    Heartbreaking.

  2. Boonton says:

    IMO most attempts to document bias simply end up in a muddle of confusion. This one, for example, seems to begin by assuming all stories are kown to the news media therefore if one story gets reported and the other doesn’t it indicates some purposeful decision on the part of the media that one story is worth talking about and the other isn’t.

    The reality is, IMO, that most stories are not covered. Whether or not something gets covered is a function of 1. Blind chance….was a reporter hanging around when it happened 2. The herd, if other papers cover something, the remaining papers will feel pressure to cover it as well least they allow themselves to appear to be slacking off. Herd behavior is more random than deliberate.

    3. I’ve noticed in the NJ area that when you’re close but not very close to the center of a ‘big’ newspaper (like the NY Times), the reporting coverage for local but not immediately local stuff seems to be kind of lax. New York City tends to be well covered in the NYT but northern NJ seems to get much less. Looking at where Long Beach is in relation to LA makes me wonder if the same mischief is afoot. The giant newspapers like to concentrate on the big stories either nationally or big stories in their immediate hood….but outside that area they let other local newspapers fill in the gaps of coverage.