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  • How a pizzeria took center stage in coverage of Indiana’s religious freedom law

    Columbia Journalism Review - 04/02/2015

    To be sure, the statute was poorly written. But instead of attempting to parse its vague language, as Northeastern University journalism professor Dan Kennedy points out, national media focused primarilyon backlash to the legislation or political angles of the story.

    “[If] you want to know what, exactly, the law would do,” he writes at Boston public broadcaster WGBH, “you’re out of luck, unless you want to latch onto Gov. Pence’s assurances that it won’t do much of anything (then why pass it?) or the warnings of civil-rights groups that it would legalize discrimination against sexual minorities.”

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