Does Christian Morality Benefit Society?

The average Christian in the US believes that society’s social problems are due to poor application of Christian morals. A paper published by the Journal of Religion and Society finds just the opposite; it measures homicide, youth suicide, STDs, teen pregnancy/birth, and abortion, plotting all of these against various measures of religiosity, and finding that […]

Selective reporting

Intersting Salon article on the absence of media reports of public opinion polls on Terry Schiavo: When public opinion doesn’t matter “in the past week, an overwhelming majority — 87 percent — of Americans polled by ABC News and the Washington Post said that if they were in the same state as Terri Schiavo, they […]

When Socialism works

In Slate, The Triumph of Socialized Medicine comments on a Washington Monthly report that VA hospitals provided better quality of care than fee-for-service Medicare. Such news must be anathema to free-market ideologues, but the reasons given make sense; for instance, that long-term strategies pay off for the VA but not for private organisations whose patients […]

How true is the news?

Media everywhere ran the story about Harvard rejecting 119 aplicants because they tried to learn their admissions status early by “hacking into a Web site“, but the initial stories gave no details of the “hack”. Now we learn that it consisted of modifying a URL. Sheesh! It’s not exactly rocket science. Now here’s my point: […]

Drug costs and medical research

The pharmaceutical industry claims that the high cost of drugs in America is necessary to support the costs of research, but a more likely cause of those costs is in the NYTimes article which says “[t]he drug industry has long spent billions of dollars annually – far more than it spends on research – trying […]

The Gannon affair

MediaBistro is not finding it as easy to get a press pass as James Guckert, the amateur correspondent who covered White House press conferences for several years.

World falls to pieces; more news at 11

The latest report on global warming says that “[w]e were stunned by the similarities between the observations that have been recorded at sea worldwide and the models that climatologists made,” said Tim Barnett of the University of California’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. “The debate is over, at least for rational people. And for those who […]

Liberal bias in the press again?

Slate says “Over the course of four hours of continuous inauguration coverage from 8 a.m. to noon (collectively, that’s 24 hours among the six outlets), the topic of the president’s (historically poor) approval ratings came up exactly four times, according to, the continuous television monitoring service” whereas “the phrase “history” came up 229 times […]

Let’s try again in Iran

The LA Times reports in Support for War in Iraq Hits New Low that only 39% of Americans “believed the situation in Iraq was “worth going to war over”, and that “a large majority, 65%, said they believed the war in Iraq had harmed the United States’ image around the world. Only 10% said the […]