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When News Isn’t National

Church burnings used to be news, in the Clinton years. Bill Clinton even claimed to remember (nonexistent) church burnings in Arkansas during his childhood. In case you missed one of his “Impromptus” columns, Jay Nordlinger noted an AP story on about church burnings in east Texas, about 11 so far. He wrote:

The church burnings, many as they are, have not really made national news: because there is no racial aspect. And, this being America, you need race, as a rule. But many readers have pointed out to me: What if the churches had been abortion clinics? Or mosques? Wouldn’t the burnings have been national news then? You bet your sweet behinds…

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...


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