Pod people: Grading the grades on Supreme Court coverage

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After two recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings, I tried a different approach to analyzing some of the major news coverage.

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I did what I dubbed "big news report cards" on coverage of the high court striking down a Massachusetts abortion buffer zone law — and on coverage of the court's 5-4 decision in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties.

In the Hobby Lobby post, I focused on how various media handled one of the big misconceptions about the case — the idea that the Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts retailer refuses to pay for employees’ contraceptive coverage.

I'd welcome your feedback on whether you liked the report card approach and, if so, how you might improve it.

Meanwhile, host Todd Wilken and I discuss the grades given in this week's episode of "Crossroads," the GetReligion podcast. I recorded the podcast during a quick break at a conference this week in Florida, and I'm afraid I'm even more scatterbrained than usual in this version.

Since I've started handing out grades, I'll give Todd's questions an A and my responses a D, although you can feel free to flunk me.

Click here to listen to the podcast. As always, the smooth, relaxing Oklahoma accent is free.

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