Thursday, January 24th, 2013

After 650,000 Page Views, CNN Decides Atheist Mom Is Okay After All

That's okay, there's room for millions more in Hell.An atheist mom's blog post on was so controversial—imagine being a mother and not teaching your child to worship Jesus—that editors nearly removed the offending material. But the Texas mom's reasons for raising her Texan child without religion "struck a chord," meaning it went viral on the Internet. Some 650,000 page views later, there was a change of heart at Maybe an atheist mom should be allowed to keep her child, after all.

This week, she gained a whole new audience and the reassurance that she's not alone. Her essay on CNN iReport, “Why I Raise My Children Without God,” drew 650,000 page views, the second highest for an iReport, and the most comments of any submission on the citizen journalism platform.

"Citizen journalism" means "content created for free, by a publisher's own audience." It is nothing less than a media miracle.

Photo by Eric Ingrum.

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So how long until Buzzfeed and Gawker "syndicate" this?

NinetyNine (#98)

"Content created for free, by a publisher's own audience"

Cool worksheet title bro.

Matt (#26)

Is it possible to quantify journalism? Because I need a little help with the math on it?

Ken Layne (#262)

@Matt Just put a lower-case "i" in front of "Journalism," and you're set with the New Math.

BadUncle (#153)

CNN's crimes against intelligence can get no greater than creating the 24-hour news cycle. Everything else – including the precipitous decline from it's First Gulf War coverage – is just a misdemeanor offense.

@BadUncle I read that as "precipitous decline in its Gulf War coverage" which is something I also regret.

Computer change world!

deepomega (#1,720)

Better than ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT Journalists, I guess.

Flashman (#418)

Texas Mom discovered a child-rearing secret that has angered thousands

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