By Bobby Ross Jr. | GetReligion
On Monday, I got an email inviting me to join an “on-the-record conference call” with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The message, sent to my Christian Chronicle address, indicated that Pompeo would discuss international religious freedom ahead of his trip to Jerusalem and the Middle East and take questions from call participants.
Ordinarily, I might have RSVP’d and listened to what Pompeo had to say.
But I’m still recovering (read: exhausted and taking a few days off) after my own recent travel to Israel. So I decided I’d rely on other journalists’ news coverage of the call and perhaps check out the transcript later.
Little did I know that the exclusivity of the invitation itself would make headlines.
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All of my GetReligion columns (March 2019):
• ‘Cry out for a king’: Maybe there’s some religious content in this congressman’s tweet? Published March 11.
• Immunizations + religious exemptions: Funny thing happens when Washington Post writes about this. Published March 14.
• Middle East images: Week in Israel gives correspondent a different perspective on news. Published March 15.