Media Reporting on Pope Francis Is Ideological

Source: CNSNews.com

Media Reporting on Pope Francis Is Ideological

By Bill Donohue | May 29, 2018 | 12:26 PM EDT

Bias can be detected by what the media report and choose not to report. When it comes to Pope Francis, bias by omission is the most common ideological practice.

Earlier this month, the pope met with an alleged Chilean victim of priestly sexual abuse, Juan Carlos Cruz; he is a homosexual. According to Cruz, the pope said to him, “It doesn’t matter [whether you are a homosexual]. God made you like this. God loves you like this.” The Vatican refuses to comment on whether this is an accurate account.

Last week, the pope met with the Italian Bishops’ Conference. When the subject of gays in the seminary came up, the pope allegedly said, “If in doubt, better not to let them enter.” Thus, was he affirming what Pope Benedict XVI said in 2005: men who have “deeply rooted homosexual tendencies” should not be admitted to the seminary? The Vatican refuses to comment on whether this is an accurate account.

To my knowledge, the following media outlets reported on the former story:

New York Times                                         San Diego Tribune

Associated Press                                        St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Philly.com                                                  Providence Journal

Boston Globe                                             Sun-Sentinel

Daily News                                                 ABC 7 Eyewitness News

Houston Chronicle                                    CBS News

International Wire                                     Chicago Sun-Times

NBC News                                                   Time

New York Post                                           Los Angeles Times

Union Leader

CNN

To my knowledge, the following media outlets reported on the latter story:

Union Leader

CNN

Why the disparity? Ideology. The big media are pro-gay and will report on any story attributed to the pope that fits with their ideology. They will not report on stories that do not. It’s really that simple – and that dishonest.

First prize for ideological bias goes to the New York Times. It not only ran a story on the pope allegedly giving his blessings to the homosexual condition, it ran an approving editorial on it. It even selected his remark as the “Quote of the Day.” But it had no room to cover his alleged comment about keeping homosexuals from studying for the priesthood.

The newspaper’s slogan is, “All the news that’s fit to print.” It should amend it to say, “All the news that’s fit to know.”

Bill Donohue is President and CEO of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, the nation’s largest Catholic civil rights organization. He was awarded his Ph.D. in sociology from New York University and is the author of seven books and many articles.

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5 comments on “Media Reporting on Pope Francis Is Ideological

  1. Donohue is reduced, because of his own papalotrous ideology, to picking the fly droppings out of the spilt pepper.

  2. I can agree with Bulldog/Battlin’ Bill Donohue statement “The big media are pro-gay [and anti-Catholic/Christian] and will report on any story … that fits with their ideology. They will not report on stories that do not.”
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    In addition to his “All the news that’s fit to know” as an amended and more accurate version of the NY Times’ slogan “All the news that’s fit to print”, I offer “Only the news that fits our views” (note the doggerel verse, fitting for a dog of a newspaper such as the Times) which can also be applied (along with Bill’s version) to all the “mainstream” (i.e., liberal) media.
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    I recently came across two news items which most of the mainstream treated in that manner.
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    First is the following from Church Militant which was only publicized by Fox News (currently less liberal but getting more liberal every day) and CBS Local (note “Local” not national):
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    High School Valedictorian Blocked From Talking About Jesus
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    by David Nussman • ChurchMilitant.com • May 24, 2018
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    Illinois high school graduate told last-minute to remove Our Lord’s name from remarks
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    SCIOTA, Ill. (ChurchMilitant.com) – A high school graduate with a 4.0 GPA was forbidden from saying he owed his academic success to Our Blessed Lord.
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    At West Prairie High School in Illinois, valedictorian Sam Blackledge wanted to talk about his faith in Christ during his speech at the commencement ceremony, but school administrators told him shortly before the ceremony that he would have to cut out any mention of the name of Jesus Christ.
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    Blackledge insisted he should be able to talk about his faith and offered to give a disclaimer at the beginning of his speech. After some back-and-forth, school leaders allowed Blackledge to make some brief remarks, provided he did not specifically mention Jesus. Blackledge agreed out of respect for authority.
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    A day after the May 19 commencement ceremony, non-profit legal organization First Liberty Institute heard about Blackledge’s situation. It is now providing the 18-year-old with legal counsel.
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    Church Militant obtained comments from Jeremy Dys, Deputy General Counsel at the First Liberty Institute.
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    “At this point we have asked the school for an apology to Sam and for a meeting to explain the legal rights students enjoy,” Dys said. “We’ll determine any legal action once we receive the school’s response to our letter.”
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    Dys said “the school has yet to respond to our letter with an explanation for their actions” and the school told Blackledge “just moments before he was to give his address that it was ‘inappropriate’ to include specific religious references.”
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    Dys shared a copy of the letter that was sent to school officials. The copy he shared appears to be very slightly redacted.
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    The letter argues, “Under most circumstances, such as here, a graduation speaker’s words are his own, not the government’s. A student’s remarks are not attributable to the state simply because they are delivered in a public setting or to a public audience.”
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    “Often, schools take action against religious speech out of simple ignorance of the law or fear of lawsuits from angry atheist groups,” Dys said. “Unfortunately, in some cases, it stems from open hostility to public expressions of faith.”
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    He continued, “Students don’t relinquish their First Amendment right to express their beliefs at the schoolhouse gate. The school, in this case, should have simply made it clear that it didn’t endorse the content of Sam’s speech simply by permitting it. Certainly, a class of high school graduates would have understood that lesson.”
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    Fox News contributor Todd Starnes spoke with Dys and Blackledge on his radio show. Starnes relayed quotes from Dys and Blackledge in an opinion piece for Fox News.
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    He quotes Blackledge as saying, “It was terrible. I felt like I wanted to cry. I had basically — for months I knew I wanted to talk about Christ in my graduation speech. For that to be taken away.”
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    This is not the first time similar controversies have been raised over students at American public schools expressing their Christian faith.
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    In January, for instance, Church Militant drew attention to a case in Texas where high school cheerleaders got in trouble with school administrators for writing Bible verses on banners displayed at football games.
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    Second, the following in this and similar versions was plastered all over the mainstream media:
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    Catholic Diocese Banned A Gay Valedictorian’s Speech, So The Teen Found A Megaphone To Deliver It
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    Kentucky’s Diocese of Covington said Christian Bales’ speech was too “political” for the high school’s graduation ceremony.
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    By Carol Kuruvilla – HuffPost – 5/28/18
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    A Roman Catholic diocese in Kentucky reportedly banned a Catholic high school valedictorian from giving a speech it deemed too political ― so the teen decided to use a more unconventional way to speak out.
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    Christian Bales, a valedictorian of Holy Cross High School in Covington, Kentucky, used a megaphone outside the school’s graduation venue Friday to deliver a prepared speech to a crowd of supporters.
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    “The young people will win because we’re finished being complacent,” Bales said during the speech on the lawn of the Connor Convocation Center at Thomas More College [in Kentucky not New Hampshire]. “There’s a misguided notion that wisdom is directly proportional to age, but we’re disproving that daily. Sometimes the wisest are the youngest in our lives, the ones who haven’t yet been desensitized to the atrocities of our world. Therefore, we young people must be the educators.”
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    “The young people must be willing to speak candidly about issues, and we mustn’t tremble in the face of the institutions that try to silence us,” the valedictorian added.
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    Bales is an openly gay member of Holy Cross High School’s 2018 graduating class, according to WKRC Cincinnati. Bales told the station the school has generally been supportive.
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    In the speech, the valedictorian referenced several issues that young people at the high school have become vocal about over the past year. Bales talked about how students at Holy Cross were involved in activism around a statue of Confederate leader Jefferson Davis from the Kentucky State Capitol. The teen mentioned the advocacy of student survivors of the Parkland school shooting. Bales also talked about how some of the Catholic school students participated in a march against abortion rights.
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    Bales encouraged classmates to keep raising their voices.
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    “The only way we can stop being impactful is if we let go of our youth and stop advocating for our core values,” Bales said. “In my experience at Holy Cross I’ve learned that the best way to attain change is to be a visible example in our world, and we must plan to continue to utilize our voices in order to better the lives of all those we encounter.”
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    Both Bales and the high school’s student council president Katherine Frantz were unable to present their speeches during their graduation ceremony, according to Cincinnati’s WCPO-TV. They found out about the decision the morning of the graduation.
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    In a statement to The River City News, the Diocese of Covington said that it had the right to review and approve student speeches at graduation ceremonies. The diocese said that two speeches were not submitted for review before the deadline. In addition, the speeches were apparently too “political.”
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    “When the proposed speeches were received, they were found to contain elements that were political and inconsistent with the teaching of the Catholic Church,” diocese spokesperson Tim Fitzgerald said.
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    Holy Cross High School and the Diocese of Covington did not respond to HuffPost’s request for clarification about what parts of Bales’ speech were inconsistent with Catholic teaching.
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    Bales’ mother, Gillian Marksberry, told WCPO that the school didn’t give her child a formal deadline to submit the graduation speech. In addition, she said school principal Mike Holtz had called her last week to remind her that diocesan officials would want Bales to dress in traditional men’s clothing and to refrain from wearing makeup or hairpins. [He wore a jumpsuit and high heels to the senior prom.]

  3. Tom, my terse remark was meant as a critique of the miniscule mention by Francis of an intergalactic crisis given to a European synod to which US viewers and readers would not likely pay much attention. I hope I did not convey the impression that I thought Battlin’ Bill should not have brought it up. I was amused that he had to resort to such an otherwise “slow news day” item I can commiserate with his daily or weekly (or whatever his newsletter publication schedule is) need to feed his neo-Kathlyk supporters “something” to quiet the their papalotrous nerves.

    • Please note that I introduced my comment with “I can agree” [emphasis added] rather than simply “I agree.” Also I deliberately omitted “attributed to the pope” from Bill Donohue’s quote, agreeing with your criticism that his papolatry can cloud his judgement on scandalous quotations by or attributed to FrankenPope – especially if FrankenPope or NuVatican does not deny or clarify such statements.
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      Your post (especially Bill’s version of the NY Times slogan) gave me the opportunity to present my version of the slogan and the two news items as examples of the mainstream media’s liberal (especially pro-sodomite and anti-Catholic/Christian) bias in deciding what news to cover and how to cover it.

  4. Thanks, Tom. I post in too much haste, too often and wanted to clarify just what in the name of the Motel 6 I was trying to point out. 😨 It’s sheer heck getting old.

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