Better Angels

"...all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature." ---Abraham Lincoln, First Innaugural Address

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Shouldn't She Be NPR's Christianity Reporter?

Barbara Bradley Hagerty became the NPR Religion Correspondent in January of 2003. I took a look at all of her stories via Lexis, and compiled some interesting facts:

2 stories were about Israel and the Jews, but only in the context of Christian Zionism.

2 stories, on 3/14/03 and 9/9/03, addressed Islam. Of course, in the first story, she interviewed James Turner Johnson, a "just war" scholar, writer for "First Things" magazine and participant in the Ethics and Public Policy Center's "Center Conversations."

1 story addressed the possibility of a rise in anti-semitism following the release of "The Passion."

1 story was the introduction to her series on "New Religions" which contained comments from Donald Miller of USC. Miller has had "major grants from the Lilly Endowment, The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, Haynes Foundation, the California Council for the Humanities, and Fieldstead Company." In other words, he's firmly in the hands of some of our best friends.

1 story was on teenagers practicing Wicca, which naturally contained commentary from Christian teens calling it Satanic. One interviewee was Christian radio host Steve Russo, who wrote this little tome.

The 59 other stories were about some form of Christianity.

Balanced? Yeah, right.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's post - it's a doozy, and it should bury the notion of "liberal NPR" forever...