By Bobby Ross Jr. | GetReligion

Shocking!

Absolutely shocking!

Perhaps you saw the news today — via a tweet by the New York Times to its nearly 39 million followers — about White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

In case you’re standing, I’ll hold on just a second so you can sit down.

OK, brace yourself. Here it is. Deep breath, everyone!

Without further weeping and gnashing of teeth, the tweet from the Times:

Did you catch that!?

To repeat, Sanders IS AN EVANGELICAL WHO READS A CHRISTIAN DEVOTIONAL BEFORE NEWS BRIEFINGS.

Stop the presses!

I kid. I kid. But more than a few folks on Twitter chuckled at the Times’ characterization of Sanders’ spiritual discipline:

Read the full column.

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All of my GetReligion columns (August 2017):

• Hate groups, far-right conservatives and other labels: Can we guess why journalists rely on certain terms? Published Aug. 1.

What ever happened to that Presbyterian church that split over gay clergy? Paper offers half the answer. Published Aug. 2.

• Good journalism? Slanted journalism? Readers disagree on story out of Cornhuskers territory. Published Aug. 3.

• Mark of the Beast: This time, a Godbeat pro gives us 666 reasons to like her apocalyptic story. Published Aug. 7.

• Absolutely shocking news! Trump press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reads Christian devotionals. Published Aug. 8.

• Hey Coke drinkers: These pastors’ lawsuit will make you rethink your love for sugary soft drinks. Published Aug. 9.

• Fried Twinkies? Yes, please. And read this delightful story on a church’s state fair food stand. Published Aug. 10.

• Is Supreme Court case as simple as baker’s refusal to make same-sex wedding cake? Here’s why it’s complicated. Published Aug. 14.

• Not a dying trend: This is why cremations — and religion — keep making headlines in the U.S. Published Aug. 15.

• Bye bye holy ghosts! TV station lets faith shine in report on family killed in car crash. Published Aug. 16.

• Losing my religion (or gaining a new one): This is what’s surprising about conversions in America. Published Aug. 18.

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