Over at GetReligion Mollie gives kudos to Tim Townsend, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Religion reporter, for his "fair and balanced" reporting (just had to borrow that phrase because it fits well!) of the Issues, Etc. happenings.
GetReligion analyzes how the media cover matters of church and religion, and I'm sure it must be a good feather in Mr. Townsend's cap that he receives a good review there, especially from another reporter who knows her stuff on religion.
BTW, it would appear that even readers over there aren't buying the company line given by LCMS bureaucrats! Sorry, Mr. Strand, you may have the institutional machinery working in your favor, but folks following the story just don't seem to buy it.