The death of the Pope just couldn’t stop the libs in the media from showing their true colors.
Example No. 1: Hawk-eyed Hinderaker at Power Line catches the New York Times in an amazing website goof that rivals CBS’s premature Terri Schiavo obit. Check out the screenshot for the anti-Pope bias in black and white. Reaction from Captain Ed, Ed Driscoll.
Example No. 2: CBS puts a basketball game over the death of one of modern history’s most towering figures.
Example No. 3: The Media Research Center reports on ABC News talking head George Stephanopoulous’ belligerent, politicized interview last weekend with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick here.
(BTW, the Center’s new study on the TV networks’ crummy coverage of religion can be accessed here.)
Example No. 4: Don’t forget the New York Press‘s indecent stunt a few weeks ago on the “52 funniest things about the upcoming death of the pope.”
As McQ wrote: Disgusting, simply disgusting.
Example No. 5: Chris Matthews shoots off his mouth in Rome (via Kathryn Lopez@The Corner).
Reader Bryan S. nominates Christopher Hitchens’ fulmination in Slate.
Update: Giving you fair and balanced coverage…
For a differing opinion on the Times‘ goof, here’s Derek Rose. A number of readers have also defended Hitchens’ piece. Reader Mike Sanders writes on both articles:
That the Times’ [writers] were idiots to post an unfinished piece is[,] I suppose[,] fair but cheap game. To suggest that they couldn’t find someone to like the Pope is gratuitous nonsense. Many writers plot out a piece and leave spaces to be filled in later by researchers etc. Give me a break!!!!!!
What should be at issue is not unfair criticism of the Pope[--]there has been little of that[--]but rather a total ignoring of perhaps one of his most glaring and sinful faults[:] the willful suppression of the terrible sex scandal at the highest level of the Catholic Church for too many years even to assess and the continuing attempt of cover up. Archbishop La[w] is still being given sanctuary at the Vatican. Where is THAT outrage being discussed on this very sad day? Only the great curmudgeon Chris Hitchens dares bring it up and nobody links to THAT. Sadly he has too much anti-religion bias for him to be taken seriously, but a fair and balance[d] treatment of the Pope[']s strengths and weaknesses would have brought that up.
And here’s a worrisome reminder that one of the top officials rumored to be on the short list to succeed the Pope, Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez of Honduras, reportedly sheltered a fugitive priest accused of child molestation.
Reader Rob McNickle disagrees with criticism of CBS’s decision to run with the Final Four coverage:
Michelle, I must disagree with you on this one. I am glad that CBS ended their coverage of Pope John Paul II’s death and returned to the NCAA basketball tourney.
I have no desire to watch CBS butcher the news of the passing of the Holy Father. CBS News’ level of credibility is near zero, while Jim Nance and Billy Packer are rather competent in their knowledge of college basketball. It’s one of the only things CBS still does well.
Besides, if I want authentic coverage of the events in Rome, I will tune in to EWTN, Vatican TV on line, or FNC (if they would only shut up and let us hear the services as they occur).
Update II: Now, some Democratic Underground posters are defending the site’s Pope coverage. This is more decent thread with many kind photos, but still littered with vicious and ugly comments, including this one (#162) authored by “Mr_Spock:”
Poor Pope – I think Bush killed him
Bush likes to kill ya know!
Update III: Professor Bainbridge, posting the famous photo of the Pope meeting his would-be assassin, gets the last word:
if John Paul could forgive Mehmet Ali Agca for trying to assassinate him, I’m sure the Holy father would forgive these media idiots.
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