The media disparity
Is mostly due to rarity—
It’s “man bites dog” for headlines, but it’s “dog bites man”, page four.
And the “major blogger” narrative?
An ill-advised comparative;
It’s missing its criteria—but truth is such a bore…
In this so-called Christian nation
The direction of migration,
So the Gallup people tell us, is away, not to, the church
If this blogger counts as major
There are bigger names, I’d wager
Going godless, but then journalists would likely have to search.
It’s much, much simpler matter
When it’s dished up on a platter
And an anecdote, pre-packaged, writes itself before your eyes
Though I’d never cast aspersions
On reporting of conversions,
They could tell the bigger story… well, they could, but no one tries.
I don’t know enough about Leah Libresco to understand her reasons for converting to Catholicism (I read them; I just don’t see Catholicism as their conclusion), and I was surprised to see the conversion of a blogger on CNN. I mean, I understand that this anecdote is an easier story, a more compelling (and yet more safe) story, and that their readers will eat it up. I’m just surprised that it was on their radar. How prominent is Leah Libresco? Am *I* a “prominent atheist blogger”? (Answer: If I convert to some form of christianity, I will in hindsight be seen as bigger than PZ. If I remain the former born-again christian, current atheist that I am, you will never see me mentioned on any national media outlet, cos I’m just a minor contributor to a minor network on an illegitimate medium [blogging died years ago, donchaknow], working in a dead format [poets abandoned verse decades ago].)