By Bobby Ross Jr. | GetReligion
In recent years, the “‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens” story has become a staple of the satirical newspaper.
When there’s a major tragedy, here’s another thing you can count on: Pat Robertson opening his mouth.
So yes, Robertson weighed in on Las Vegas. Was there any doubt that he would? But is there any possibility that what he said amounted to actual news?
Probably not, as a million (only slightly exaggerating) past GetReligion posts make clear.
“The key is that there are so many people within evangelicalism who are — for better and for worse — more interesting and influential than Robertson at this point in his career,” GetReligion editor Terry Mattingly wrote way back in 2005. (That same year, Poynter.org published another excellent Mattingly piece on this subject, titled “Excommunicating Pat Robertson.”)
The good news is this: My Google news search found very few mainstream news organizations jumping on the latest Robertson quotes. But the Huffington Post — which still does some straight news reporting — was among them.
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All of my GetReligion columns (October 2017):
• The Amish population is booming: Could their religion have something to do with it? Published Oct. 17.
• How about this religion angle? Jail nurse accused of trying to exorcize an inmate. Published Oct. 30.