Gosnell backlash: how a free press becomes less free

If the press isn’t responsible, the government will start trying to tell it what to do.  And you will encounter things like this:  Some 72 members of Congress have signed on to a letter demanding that the mainstream media provide coverage of the murder trial of abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell. Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Steve [Read More...]

Is media bias tainting the Gosnell story?

Veteran journo Paul Moses ponders that question over at Commonweal’s blog:  There is a lively debate over whether major national news organizations have ignored or downplayed the trial of a Philadelphia abortion doctor who is charged with murder in the deaths of seven babies allegedly born alive and one mother…With the sensational charges made by both sides, the intense [Read More...]

Idiotic argument of the week: the real cause of the Gosnell horror was the pro-life movement

While the shocking details of the Kermit Gosnell trial continue to seep out — and the national media averts its gaze — people are asking how it happened in the first place. NARAL has a convenient answer: So why did women go to his clinic? Why not choose a legitimate, reputable provider of abortion care? [Read More...]

The journalist who became an evangelist

I spotted his obit in the New York Times this morning, and wanted to post something.  But now Terry Mattingly has gone a step further, and nicely woven together the threads of this exceptional life. Take it away, Terry: If you wanted to know who John McCandlish Phillips was, as a New York Times journalist, all you [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: for Easter, the NY Times lays an egg

I was otherwise engaged on Sunday, and didn’t check out the NY Times.  But other sharp-eyed readers caught this doozy:  Elisabetta Povoledo is a Rome-based reporter for the paper’s international edition, but either she or her copy editor made a mortifying mischaracterization of the meaning of Easter in an online story on Pope Francis posted [Read More...]

Would the US State Department consider “monitoring” the election of a pope?

Check out this snippet from last Friday’s daily briefing with reporters. The briefer is Victoria Nuland. I think they were kidding.  But these days, it’s hard to tell. QUESTION: Vatican. MS. NULAND: What about the Vatican? QUESTION: Well, do you regard it as a free and fair exercise in electing a leader of a country? MS. NULAND: We did [Read More...]

Covering the conclave: how the Italian press drives the story

How does media coverage of the Vatican work?  Some insight from someone who knows, via web journalist Tom McGeveran:  I Skyped Jason Horowitz, an old colleague of mine who’s been dispatched to the Vatican by The Washington Post, and who worked a while back in the New York Times’ Rome bureau, for some perspective. And immediately we got [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: a headline for the ages

Source.  [Read more...]

Gag order imposed on cardinals

From the indispensable John Thavis:  U.S. cardinals abruptly canceled their planned briefing today, and no further briefings were scheduled. Sister Mary Ann Walsh, who had coordinated the U.S. press encounters, said in an email: “Concern was expressed in the General Congregation about leaks of confidential proceedings reportedin Italian newspapers. As a precaution, the cardinals have [Read More...]

Vatican slams resignation “gossip” in media

From the BBC: The Vatican’s chief spokesperson has criticised the media for reporting “misinformation” about the Church. Father Federico Lombardi said some were trying to profit from a time of disorientation in the Catholic Church to spread “gossip” and “slander”. Father Lombardi made the comments in an editorial on the Vatican radio website. Pope Benedict [Read More...]