As Jerry Large demonstrates here in the Soviet of Washington’s own Pravda and Nicholas Kristof and MoDo show in the NY Times, religious journalism has reached the point where all that is necessary for chattering class pundits is to glance at a couple of headlines, read “something something contraception, something something women religious, something something bishops” and you are good to go with a ready-made screed about the Church oppressing women. There isn’t even the pretense of logic or familiarity with what’s happening. The job of these people is to affirm the target audience in the prejudices and keep the beer and shampoo advertisers happy by contenting their audience in unit cohesion agitprop. The average NY Times or Seattle Times reader does not, after all, want to *think* about the Catholic Church. They simply want to be told that they are better than Catholics, so these organs of propaganda give their readers what they want.
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