The Washington Post has adopted a practice of inserting links to Google whenever a story mentions a major person, place or topic. For example, if I were following this practice, I would insert this link every time I mentioned that I live in Charlottesville. While the practice doubtlessly increases the number of hits on Google's website - good news for Google stock owners - it does little to add context to a story.
I noticed that this story on the most recent Republican presidential debate completely missed the meaning of the phrase "road to Damascus." As a regular reader Terry Mattingly's (and friend's) weblog on how the press just doesn't GetReligion, I suggested the practice as a topic for their website. This posting on Oh, that Damascus road! is the result.
Thanks, Terry. We can only hope that our combined influence (yours is far greater) will improve the coverage at the Post. As you said:
But reader Herb Ely sent the GetReligionistas a note this morning that, if you stop and think about it, seems to break totally new territory. What if the computers at a major newspaper have been programmed in such a way that they don’t “get” religion? How’s that for confusing?