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.