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Religious Reporter Takes Issue with LA Times Slant

Terry Mattingly, editor of the website GetReligion.org, has a long and impressive resume. He is a published author, has worked for newspapers such as the Charlotte Observer and the Rocky Mountain News, and currently pens a weekly column for Scripps Howard newspapers.

On his site today, he questions the sub-headline that accompanied a June 25th LA Times article by Mitchell Landsberg about Franklin Graham‘s Latino-focused religious revival road show, which pulled into the Home Depot Center in Carson that same day. Not only does the plural use of “experts” in the sub-head give way to an article that sources only one, but that lone voice of analysis, suggests Mattingly, is highly questionable:

How to put this? Allowing a professor from Claremont to be the only expert quoted in a hard-news story covering Franklin Graham (pictured) is something like writing a story about Elton John and citing, as your only expert, a cultural critic from Focus on the Family or Regent University.

Mattingly isn’t sure if the other “experts” were chopped at the editing stage, but he gives the LA Times very poor marks for the end, published result.

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