CNN's Credulous Reporting on Catholicism

I’m watching CNN right now and cannot believe how thoroughly this report dispenses with all standards of journalistic evidence and detachment in presenting dubious miracle claims as straight facts with reasonable, undisputed evidence behind them. The first part of the report, which I wish I could find but CNN hasn’t seemed to put anywhere online yet, is just as credulous. They’re referring to miracles as though they’re flat out indisputable occurrences. They’re reporting on the status of specific people as “holy” and “saints” as matter-of-factly as if they were describing objective statuses and mundane occupations.  And they unquestionably lionize this Andrea Ambrosi character who charges tens of thousands of dollars a year to multiple groups and individuals to advocate for the sainthood seemingly of anyone who a given Catholic desperately wants to see get the status. And there’s not the slightest hint of question about the dubious PR motives of the pope in loosening the requirements of sainthood to make more saints. This whole willfully gullible puff piece should embarrass CNN:

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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.


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