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Talking with Pagans and Talking with Journalists

Matt in N.C. Wrote: Feb 09, 2013 10:48 AM
SdAufKla can't spell, but he has the makings of one point: "there's no such thing as 'fair and balanced.'" In fact, fairness and balance are mostly incompatible. Fairness means giving all sides their due. (In some cases, what's due is nothing.) Balance means giving at least two sides some kind of equality. Although fairness can improve balance, balance doesn't necessarily increase fairness. Some NPR reports, for example, try to balance extreme leftism with more-extreme leftism. In fact, by giving every good, bad, and irrelevant idea equal time, a perfectly balanced presentation would be grossly unfair to the good.

Sports Illustrated has come to my mailbox for nearly 40 years. I hope it comes for 40 more. But I also hope whomever is assigning the stories in the future begins to think more about the readers than their political and social agendas.

Super Bowl week featured a cover of a praying Ray Lewis rising from the water, and a cover story by New York Times’ religion columnist Mark Oppenheimer on Christians in the NFL. The story was enough to cause PJMedia writer Andrew Klavan to declare he would not renew his SI subscription, and most serious Christian...