Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. His latest book is Reforming Journalism. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

Showing, not telling

| Reporting depravity requires tough editorial choices
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 7/12/97, 12:00 am

Mrs. Jones of Redcrest, Calif., this column's for you!

Readers sometimes wonder what a model letter to the editor is like-a letter that warms his heart, challenges his thinking, and provokes a personal response.

Here's the model, provided by Mrs. Jones, with the editor's reactions interspersed. She began in a most salutary fashion:

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WORLD's response to the EPA ad hoc committee's report

EPA | The editor of WORLD magazine responds to the EPA ad hoc committee report
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 7/12/97, 12:00 am

We at WORLD believe that the ad hoc committee members erred by implicitly setting up new requirements for EPA membership, by making recommendations that would suppress competition among publications, and by trying to push their own journalistic and ideological values under a guise of judicious ethical examination.

The committee dodged the central question: Was WORLD telling the truth about the changing of the NIV? Instead, the committee said that WORLD fell seriously short of upholding the EPA ethics code, for the following reasons:

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First Amendment, R.I.P.

| Without a proper understanding, it's just as good as dead
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 6/28/97, 12:00 am

In 1774, British officials forced whips down the throats of Baptist ministers. Royal governors required evangelicals to pay taxes to support a government-imposed set of beliefs opposed to their own. All of that led 22-year-old James Madison to condemn the "diabolic, hell-conceived principle of persecution" and pray for a change. Two years later, his prayers and those of a million others were answered: On July 4 the United States became an independent nation, and Americans were free to worship God and proclaim his glory as they saw fit.

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