The Need for Skepticism

Blind Spot
When Journalists Don’t Get Religion
Edited by Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert, and Roberta Green Ahmanson
Oxford University Press, $19.95, 220 pp.

This book makes the case that news organizations often fail in covering major stories because they minimize or misunderstand underlying religious issues. It’s an argument I’ve long sympathized with, dating to the early 1990s when I covered religion at New York Newsday and saw that my first task was to break out of the notion that religion was newsworthy only where it intersected with the culture wars.

It’s an easier argument to...

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About the Author

Paul Moses, a professor of journalism at Brooklyn College/CUNY, is the author of The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace (Doubleday, 2009).