Not getting religion
“Suppose you picked up your morning newspaper, and read that the local softball team, sponsored by Ken’s Transmission Specialists, had won the World Series.
“ ‘That doesn’t seem right,’ you might say to yourself. The boys from Ken’s are as good as any nine men when it comes to pounding the Budweiser, but in terms of athletic ability [. . .] And didn’t some team from Boston just win the Series? Puzzled, you read on. The story explains that the World Series took place in the parking lot behind Sal’s Discount Suds.
“At this point you realize that the story is complete — well, ‘nonsense’ is the polite term. You realize that the editor of the sports page is incompetent, and you think seriously about cancelling your subscription. Right?
“Then you probably won’t be impressed with the editors in St. Louis who gave the OK to a story that begins: ‘A couple of firsts: Two women were ordained as Roman Catholic priests Sunday in St. Louis and the ordination was in a synagogue.’ ”
— Pseudonymous blogger Diogenes, writing on “Journalists Without [bleep] Detectors,” Nov. 12 at Catholic World News blog “Off the Record.”