Evan Derkacz

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Occupation: Managing Editor, ReligionDispatches
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Evan posted and reviewed this story - Mar 12, 2009
Evan's Rating
5.0

I'm the managing editor of the publication so don't take my word for it, go read the story and judge it on its merits.

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Evan posted and reviewed this story - Mar 12, 2009
Evan posted and reviewed this story - Feb 23, 2009
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5.0

I'm the managing editor of this publication. That said, Jonathan is a first rate thinker whose insights are as deep as they are unafraid of making firm moral assessments.

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Evan posted and reviewed this story - Feb 23, 2009
Evan posted and reviewed this story - Oct 23, 2008
Evan's Rating
4.2

I am the managing editor of the publication but not the editor of this particular piece. Kim Bobo is probably one of the top 3 workplace/religion experts in the nation putting forward, in this piece, an informative roundup of some of the below the radar practices going on, but doing so in a positive and ethical framework. It's refreshing and we all need to see more of this.

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Evan posted and reviewed this story - Oct 23, 2008
Evan posted and reviewed this story - Oct 13, 2008
Evan's Rating
4.1

This isn't the easiest story but it is an important contribution from a scholar on the ground, a departure from much of the pure ideology you see surrounding this issue.

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Evan posted and reviewed this story - Oct 13, 2008
Evan posted and reviewed and starred this story - Oct 6, 2008
Evan's Rating
4.2

This isn't journalism but it is quality. Peter Laarman, a reverend and a scholar (sort of like an officer and a gentleman but less Richard Gere, more prophet Jeremiah), looks for the root cause of the economic crisis. It's not to be found solely in numbers and policies, but rather in the religious nature of the market...

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Evan posted and reviewed and starred this story - Oct 2, 2008
Evan's Rating
4.2

This isn't journalism but it is quality. Peter Laarman, a reverend and a scholar (sort of like an officer and a gentleman but less Richard Gere, more prophet Jeremiah), looks for the root cause of the economic crisis. It's not to be found solely in numbers and policies, but rather in the religious nature of the market...

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Evan posted and reviewed and starred this story - Oct 2, 2008
Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Evan's Rating
5.0

First, I'm the managing editor of Religion Dispatches. That said, I didn't write this excellent piece, Kathryn Joyce did. In the midst of so many piecemeal bits of information, innuendo, spin and counterspin, Joyce puts together a solid, factual narrative of the garden-variety conservative christian who has become John McCain's running mate. Few are more familiar with the territory of women in the American conservative Christian movement and she writes with a simplicity and authority that reflects it. I hope you find it informative and enjoyable.

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Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Evan's Rating
4.0

First, I'm the managing editor of this publication. So there's that. Lou Ruprecht, the author of the piece brings to light a fascinating perspective on the Olympics in general and connects it to these Olympics in particular--although there certainly could be a more meaty connection to China's shifting cultural relationship to religion. For a short editorial on a topic seldom if ever mentioned, I feel proud to recommend it.

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Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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5.0

I'm the managing editor of RD.

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Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Evan's Rating
1.5

Is this good journalism? Graydon Carter is a vulture, seeking affirmation for his bankrupt glossy that feeds off trend and popularity, with a perpetual finger to the wind for hot copy. This is the man who featured the ultimate failures of the Bush administration, the people who ensured misery for millions, both abroad and at home, in superhero costumes on the front of his vaunted publication. Hitchens drinks a few drops of Poland Spring and declares it torture after about 7 years of cheerleading for a war and its neoconservative architects, the very people for whom torture is a marquee policy, and readers are supposed to genuflect at his courage? So yes, devoid of history and context this article might--might--have some ... More »

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Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Evan's Rating
5.0

I'm the managing editor, so please take my review with a grain of salt. Bill Berkowitz, an observer of religion and politics for decades, chronicles the efforts of a right wing organization to bully Catholics working for the Obama campaign... Berkowitz is thorough and fair-minded, peppering his report with the latest statistics and numerous quotes. He's also a pro who knows how to write a story that keeps the reader's attention...

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Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Evan's Rating
5.0

I'm the managing editor of this publication. However, this is a largely unedited response to 10 questions asked of the author in which she candidly talks about her personal relationship to evangelical Christianity, to the prevailing media narratives about them, and of their waning political influence.

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Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Evan's Rating
4.6

Excellent story transcending the typically unhelpful "this good, that bad" language surrounding domestic violence (I've always found that to be a strange phrase--like the violence is qualitatively different from that of the European sort). Analyzes problematic language to show how the wrong message can accidentally be sent by the media.

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Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Evan's Rating
3.7

Riscol manages to write a breezy tour through the "pelvic politics" of the religious right and the media's tone deaf approach to the leaders of progressive religion in America. While it does go over some fairly old ground and doesn't make much of an effort to get the perspectives from the press on their unbalanced coverage, she doesn't include a rather shocking quote from Deb Haffner which is, itself, worth the read.

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Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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2.1

There's no there there. This is a news blurb that could've been generated by computer software.

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Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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5.0
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Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
  • The McModerate

Evan's Rating
4.8

This story does EXACTLY what the independent media does best and why nearly every corporate news source is dying: it eschews narrative in favor of critical look at the record and rhetoric of a campaigning politician. It's not even fair to say that politicians lie as they campaign. Take a look at where they've been and what they say and a "fair and balanced" picture can be drawn up. Page quotes McCain virtually teaching the media about how to do political reporting: "I think the important thing is you look at people's voting record because sometimes rhetoric can be a little... misleading." Unfortunately it's hard to type with your objective head up your objective ass. Yeah for Page and for RHRC for doing their job.

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Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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5.0

I'm the managing editor of this publication...

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Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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4.9
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Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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5.0
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Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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5.0
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Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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5.0
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Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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5.0

I'm biased, I'm the editor of ReligionDispatches...

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Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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5.0
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Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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5.0
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Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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5.0
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Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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5.0
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Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Evan's Rating
1.2

Derbyshire, an avowed racist and homophobe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Derbyshire), does what any good demagogue would do: sniff the trees in this forest of a speech. The National Review is largely an organ of distortion and selfishness with a demonstrated history of racism. It's not irrelevant to also point out that Derbyshire, who supports candidates whose immigration policies happen to be most onerous w/r/t brown immigrants, was an undocumented worker when he arrived.

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Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Evan's Rating
5.0

To reviewer Roland Hirsch: Do you see the category next to the date above? It says "opinion." Please remember to review something based on the category specified, not against criteria it was never intended to satisfy. The review is like saying that a cat isn't good enough because it's not a good dog.

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Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Evan's Rating
1.1

This is truly one of the most "brain-dead" essays I've read in a while and, more importantly, unwittingly argues that the corporate takeover of the village voice has more or less destroyed the once proud institution. Mamet's essay, while making an awkwardly bigoted stab at humor (NPR is "national palestinian radio" -- wha?), quite correctly notes that one of the intellectual underpinnings of liberalism is the belief in the intrinsic goodness of people. He then proceeds to convince himself that that is folly due to the fact that people behave badly and, moreover, that the greatness of America is partly due to the cynicism of the Constitution, which assumes the selfishness of humanity. This is a bit like arguing that black ... More »

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Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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5.0

I'm affiliated with the publication, so don't take my word for it, read and review yourself...

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Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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5.0

This is neither a whitewash of tragic Vatican official policy nor a condemnation of the Catholic leadership. It's a portrait of a brilliant nun who manages to both remain in the good graces of the leadership while pushing mostly progressive measures...

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Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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5.0

I'm the managing editor of this site so I recommend it highly though I'm probably not the person you want commenting on the specifics...

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Evan reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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5.0
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