Over 64% of reporters say Feds spying on them

In a survey of investigative reporters that makes Richard Nixon’s enemies list look like child’s play, nearly seven in 10 said they believe that the Obama administration has spied on their phone calls, emails and online searches.

According to a Pew Research Center survey of 454 media figures, 64 percent “believe that the U.S. government has probably collected data” from their calls and email and eight in 10 believe just being a journalist jumps the chance Uncle Sam is spying on them.

The survey follows multiple reports of actual spying by federal officials on reporters, and the White House’s effort to track down those who leak information to reporters despite long-forgotten promises to be the most transparent administration ever.

Still, most reporters said that they continue to plug away.

“Just 14 percent say that in the past 12 months, such concerns have kept them from pursuing a story or reaching out to a particular source, or have led them to consider leaving investigative journalism altogether,” said the survey of members of Investigative Reporters and Editors by Pew in association with Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism.

It has, though, prompted about half to change how they do their job, by inventing new ways to store and collect their information.

That’s in part because they don’t have much faith in online security offered by their employers or internet service providers.

By Paul Bedard – Washington Examiner –

Note from OnlyWay Editor David McElroy: I too feel spied upon.

Survey: Of Regular Church Attenders, Few Tempted To Skip Worship For Football

LifeWay survey results seem to confound the belief of some pastors that cancelling services on game day is in the church’s best interest.

Each football season, weekend game schedules clash with church service times to create a tug-of-war between piety and pastime.

In an effort to compensate, at least a few churches throughout the U.S. abridge, reschedule, or even cancel services set to coincide with particularly popular games.

Ahead of the 2014 Super Bowl, in which the Seattle Seahawks played, one pastor in nearby Edmonds, Wash., explained the rationale behind closing the doors of his church for the corresponding service.

“I think that the main thing behind it is we can’t take ourselves too seriously,” Barry Crane asserted. “This is twice in Seattle Seahawks history that they’ve made it to the Super Bowl. Just because you go to church normally on a Sunday doesn’t mean you’re immune to fun.”

Judging from the results of a recent survey conducted by Christian retailer LifeWay, however, some pastors might be overestimating the appeal of ditching church to watch football.

Churchgoing respondents were asked to reply with four possible answers to the statement, “I would skip a weekly worship service to watch my favorite football team.”

Only five percent stated that they strongly agreed with the statement, while 10 percent expressed partial agreement. The overwhelming majority – 68 percent – strongly disagreed with the idea, an opinion bolstered by 15 percent who somewhat disagreed. Only two percent of those surveyed were not sure how they felt.

By B. Christopher Agee – Western Journalism –