I’ve started a new category this week – the news media. The American news media have become so besotted with combatting what they see as the greatest threat to freedom of the press in the history of the world that they’re failing to see that the real enemy is rapidly becoming themselves. Perspective and a lot more are being lost. Trust in the news media is at an all-time low – and that’s a bad thing for all of us.
Media Myth Alert lists its top mythbusting posts of 2018 – and there are some sacred cows that get slaughtered here – Walter Cronkite, the famous “napalm girl” of the Vietnam War, Edward R. Murrow taking on Joseph McCarthy, and more. James Meek at the London Review of Books reviews a new book on journalism – and talks about a lot of the things plaguing journalism these days (Hat Tip: J of India). And Julia Duin at Get Religion looks at a New Yorker article on religion, and offers a devastating critique.
Angelo Codevilla at the Claremont Institute’s American Mind offers a look at “our revolution” – the revolt of the governed by those who govern. Cameron Clausing at All Thoughts Captive compares blasphemy in the Bible to blasphemy against “societal gods.” And Remi Adekova at Quillette tracks the rising concern about immigration – and discovers that the U.S. is far less concerned than a lot of other countries.
More Good Reads
Life and Culture
How America Grew Bored with Love – David Masciotra at The American Conservative.
On the Costs and Rewards of Planting Trees – Matt Miller at Front Porch Republic.
“They Shall Not Grow Old” a Box Office Blowout – With Good Reason – Monica Showalter at American Thinker.
25 Non-Christian Press Books from 2018 that Christians Should Read – Brad Vermurlen at Mere Orthodoxy.
The Death of a Poet and Other Cliches – Jerry Barrett at Gerald the Writer.
Svetlana Marisova – D.S. Martin at Kingdom Poets.
13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Wallace Stevens with drawings and Spanish translation by Francisco Toledo – Don Yorty at Explorations.
The News Media
Newsrooms must learn how to use AI: "Trust in journalism is at stake" – Tom George at Journalism UK.
Art and Photography
Lost Art: on the trail of vanished cities of legend – Noah Charney at The Art Newspaper.
New discoveries at Pompeii come amid renaissance at site – Angela Giuffrida at The Guardian.
Writing and Literature
Effective Marketing to a Declining Reading Populace – Sarah Bolme at Marketing Christian Books.
10 Tips for Reading in 2019 – Jon Coombs.
Why Read Old (Pagan) Books? – Jason Baxter at The Imaginative Conservative.
Spies in the Speakeasy: Crime Fiction of the 1920s – Tessa Lunney at CrimeReads.
Gary Barlow Sings “Never Enough” from The Greatest Showman
(And listening are Joanna Lumley and Rowan Atkinson)
Painting: Girl Reading, oil on canvas by Tony Robert-Fleury (1837-1911).
Hey Glynn ... thanks for doing this every week. Paul
Thanks for the inclusion Glynn!
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