Joel Belz

Joel, WORLD's founder, writes a regular column for the magazine and contributes commentaries for The World and Everything in It. He is also the author of Consider These Things.

Wielding words

Voices | It’s important to pick the right ones
by Joel Belz
Posted 4/26/17, 07:57 pm

I don’t keep close records, so I can’t tell you exactly how many of you readers objected when in last summer’s Aug. 20 issue I referred to Fox News as a “sleazy” outfit. Many of you protested. How, you said, could I possibly diminish the contribution of the only network that gives conservatives a fair shake?

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Opponents and friends

Politics | An unlikely 1992 political race seems even less plausible in today’s climate
by Joel Belz
Posted 4/13/17, 02:53 pm

I had to go back and read the column a second time. It just didn’t seem believable.

What made it worse was that I knew the fellow who had written the account I found so hard to believe. He worked for WORLD magazine.

I was that fellow.

WORLD published the column in question 25 years ago. It was all but unbelievable back then, in 1992. In today’s ugly, bitter, and angry political setting, most WORLD readers would almost certainly say: “That didn’t really happen. That is absolutely not true.”

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Making it up

Media | Let’s all be vigilant not to spread fake news as fact
by Joel Belz
Posted 3/30/17, 11:01 am

I’ve mentioned before in this space the dismal reality that sooner or later confronts almost every honest journalist. It’s the reminder that nothing spoils a good story like a little research.

In these difficult days of so-called “fake stories,” that brief reminder should maybe be revised to say that nothing spoils a good story like a whole lot of research. Otherwise, phony accounts just sail on.

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