Paul Butler

Paul is based in Arlington, Ill., and is a WORLD Radio correspondent and adjunct professor of communications at Illinois Valley Community College. He is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute’s mid-career course. Follow Paul on Twitter @EbenimMedia.

Moody blues

Higher Education | Financial errors, insider dealings, and theological concerns force a change at an evangelical powerhouse
by Paul Butler & Marvin Olasky
Posted 1/17/18, 11:20 pm

The story sounds like something out of a movie.

In 2017, a talk show host on the Moody Radio Network blows the whistle on the leadership of one of American evangelicalism’s flagship institutions, the Moody Bible Institute (MBI). On Jan. 9, 2018, she escalates the pressure with a hard-hitting headline on her blog: “A Luxury Suite, Questionable Loan to Officer, & Gambling: The Disturbing Truth About Leadership at MBI.” Moody within hours fires her and sends a man to her house to seize her laptop—but she is on her way to Mexico, with the computer.

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Associated Press/Photo by Eugene Hoshiko

Japan sends out false missile alarm

by Paul Butler & Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/17/18, 11:37 am

Japan’s public broadcast system issued a false alert Tuesday morning, warning residents through its internet site and Twitter to take cover from an incoming North Korean missile. The system sent out a correction minutes later. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency sent a similar false alarm Saturday, but its system wouldn’t allow a correction for nearly 40 minutes, sending residents into a panic. Like in Hawaii, Japanese officials blamed the false warning on an employee error, but the Japanese false alarm seemed far more credible.

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Associated Press/Photo by Patrick Semansky

The rights and wrongs of write-in votes

Campaign 2016 | Rules vary widely from state to state but the practice remains a popular form of election protest
by Paul Butler
Posted 11/03/16, 02:01 pm

Rather than choose between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, two candidates with record-high unfavorability ratings, many voters are considering writing in their presidential picks come Election Day. During the second week in October, Google searches for “write-in” surged by 2,800 percent, according to CNN, the highest they have been since 2004. 

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