Will the Unification Church stay in the media business?
By Michelle Boorstein
What will happen next at one of Washington's best-known conservative media institutions? Will the Unification Church continue to run a newspaper? Will it become a blog? Will the church get out of the media business altogether? This latter options seems unlikely, considering what church members have told me about how Rev. Moon views the importance of media as a mission tool. The church may not run the news report each day but the Times simply can't be seen as totally separate from this faith's larger mission. As one longtime church member told me, "every person in the Unification Church sees the Times as their newspaper."
What will happen at the Times is a swirl of gossip, but I hear from people familiar with the paper and the church that serious changes - mass firings, a shutdown for example - may happen as early as this week. As a Washington resident and a Washington reporter, I think the potential elimination of journalism jobs is bad news.
Michelle Boorstein| November 23, 2009; 1:21 PM ET | Category: God in Government Save & Share:
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