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Blind Spot: When Journalists Don't Get Religion

Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert, and Roberta Green-Ahmanson


This book analyzes media coverage of major news stories in which religion is a major component and recounts how journalist often miss, or misunderstand, these stories because they do not take religion seriously, or misunderstand religion when they do take it seriously. Since religion is a major and growing factor in human affairs throughout the world and, hence in major news stories, including those stories often mislabeled “secular,” if reporters do not take it seriously or understand it, then they will be poorer reporters. To the extent that journalists do not grasp events’ religious dimensi ... More

Keywords: religion, religious trends, news, journalists, media coverage, reporting, misunderstanding, secular

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195374360
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374360.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Marshall, editor
the Center for Religious Freedom
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Lela Gilbert, editor

Roberta Green-Ahmanson, editor

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PART I Background


Paul Marshall

1 God Is Winning: Religion in Global Politics

Timothy Samuel Shah, and Monica Duffy Toft

PART II Case Studies

6 The Popes

Amy Welborn

PART III Getting It Right

9 Getting It Right

Roberta Green Ahmanson


John J. DiIulio Jr.

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