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David Gibson

David Gibson

David Gibson is a national reporter for RNS and an award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker. He has written several books on Catholic topics. His latest book is on biblical artifacts: "Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery," which was also the basis of a popular CNN series.


  1. I watched and would suggest that you watch the minutes before and after, as well as the reading, of his “Grren Eggs and Ham” and see if you do not have a different opinion. You saw the headline, you missed the message.

    • Robert Stewart Tice

      I will not attempt to sum it up in a few words. I suggest that you see and hear what he said to his two daughters. You will learn more about Cruz from those minutes than you (and this was true for me) previously knew of him.

      • You cannot be serious. Cruz is short a few jokers in his deck. He doesn’t have both oars in the water. He’s “thinking” on one cylinder. And he’s completely nuts. But not so nuts that he isn’t in the pockets of big corporate insurance. Puh-leeeeeze!. He’s solid scum.

  2. The conference in Austin looks outstanding! If you decide to take the field trip to the Hindu temple, Radha Madhav Dham, though, it might behoove you to do a little research beforehand on its history as regards child abuse. The founder of the temple, Prakasanand Saraswati, was convicted of child abuse and fled the country. His guru, Kripalu, took over, but he, too, has a checkered history. Of course visitors from the conference will get the white-wash treatment. It’s too bad one of the other Hindu temples in Austin weren’t chosen for this event, as this organization is nothing but a cult.

  3. Robert Stewart Tice

    You can watch it here but this may not have all of his comments to his daughters that you should hear:

  4. Once upon a time, RNS was a respected media outlet specializing in a niche market. Then two years ago it was sold and things went downhill. Declining revenues and its inability to commission more genuine news stories have forced it to become a knock-off aggregator in which off-the-cuff opinions and snide remarks are passed off as actual reporting. Today’s column exemplifies the trend.

  5. David Gibson

    David Gibson

    Article author

    Eric, I’m not sure what you mean. We have increased our reporting and production of original content stories that go out to a growing number of outlets around the country and globally on the Internet.

    This daily roundup is just a service pointing to our stories and other interesting (and sometimes silly) religion developments. It is intended to take a light touch, and isn’t being passed off as standard journalism.

  6. Is that right, The Book of Wisdom? Even though Ted Cruz should culturally be Catholic, it was my understanding that he was Southern Baptist. From the last sentence, I though that was the reason not everyone was happy.

  7. Some other verses (KJV) for Cruz:

    Romans 14:22 “Hast thou faith? Have it to thyself …`

    Proverbs 10:18 “He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.“

    Proverbs 10:19 “In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.“

    Proverbs 18:7 “A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.“

  8. David, you’re reporting is fine and so is RNS reporting in general. What your critics mean is that they are unable to recognize as accurate anything that doesn’t support their hateful, right-wing agenda.

  9. David Gibson

    David Gibson

    Article author

    Well, I sometimes think the unforgiveable sin in writing, as in life, is being earnest. Serious, yes. But that allows plenty of room for joy and whimsy — so say I!

  10. So, David, would you say that your whimsical writing for RNS is politically and theologically even-handed, or something that readers could get simply by reading the National Catholic Reporter?

  11. Stacking and angling are well known journalistic devices used to inject implicit bias into a story. Look back at your own summaries, today and for previous days, and compare the ways in which Ted Cruz, Bill Donohue, Diana Bass, and others are framed. You consistently poke run at those right-of-center, while those on the left get kinder treatment. This is an example of what John Allen called “Manichaean journalism,” which he himself disavowed some years ago. If you want to editorialize, you should go right ahead, but editorializing under the camouflage of whimsically summarizing daily events is unprofessional, and really, rather cowardly since you’re inserting judgements without providing evidence. Pieces in NCR, or the Wanderer on the other side, are more honest.

  12. Well, i’m fine with this column as it’s been presented. i generally appreciate it very much. Maybe i’m as biased as critics suggest these writers might be. Maybe what’s presented reflects a reality that some would reject in favor of something else….

  13. The complaints here remind me of righty attacks on good journalism as “that liberal media!” If righty sound bites and equally egregious ‘research’ were debunked by facts and science, then obviously – it was biased!

    David, I like the way you write. Every single religious story is not critical, and some are down right silly. Pundits from all directions have laughed at Cruz. His long speech – it’s not a filibuster – has no point or purpose other than self-aggrandizement. He is pandering directly to those of you who are writing here to defend him. Clearly, it’s working.

  14. I’m fully satisfied with the reporting here on the RNS. If any author chooses to add a bit of levity to a story that is her/his choice to do so. Likewise, the reader has the choice to continue to read the story. Proof of the fact that the RNS writes good stories is in the many subscribers and readers. I’m a little down on religion right now but often recommend this site to others for it’s fair and even handed approach to religion stories. I say to all the writers here good job and carry on! Looking forward to Monday and at least a story or two on your time in Austin.

  15. Wasn’t the Philadelphia DA’s office accused of being anti-Catholic for its prosecution of Monsignor Lynn? It must be hard to work there, having to be so biased in both directions all at the same time… #sarcasm