Ah, Drudge! Journalistic Creativity at its Finest!

And there's more to come... you can bet on it.</p><br />
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The Vatican:  does it ever do anything *besides* “crack down” in the mind of the American media?

Seriously, I’m happy to see the guy clean house.  But really, can the press think of no other term than “crackdown” every time Rome clears its throat?

  • John Schaefer

    Drudge is not MSM…he is an online news aggregator. He slaps a pot stirring headline to someone else’s story…something that you do when you want to make a point that relates to your beliefs. Chances are the story does not give the FULL story.

    Running a Google search on the terms you suggested, will give you an overview of ALL associations it can find on the web, not just MSM. Like your page, online sites/blogs draw people to their own interests and beliefs. The web has facilitated the creation of tens of thousands of enclaves like yours. These like minded sites tell one portion of a story, from a shared, narrow, perspective. There are other sites to check the occurrences you mention after the link.

    • Andy, Bad Person

      All those things being true, Drudge is a major player in the internet news game, and he chooses his words when writing his headlines.

      • John Schaefer

        He’s just a distributor, who attaches antagonizing headlines to other people’s work.

        • Andy, Bad Person

          Isn’t the “antagonizing headline” part exactly Mark’s complaint?

          • John Schaefer

            He’s equating Drudge with “journalism”. He is not a journalist. He is a news aggregator.

            • http://chicagoboyz.net/ TMLutas

              A news aggregator is a subspecies of journalist.

  • Stu

    So is this you cracking down on such headlines?

    ;)

    • Roki

      No, this is Mark asking us to crack up – the best response to a crack down. His technique, as usual, is to crack wise.

  • Doug Sirman

    I suppose it beats “Vatican offers multiple, stilted, contradictory and obfuscatory statements of emotionally vigorous non-intent while desperately hoping that no one notices nothing is continuing to be done.”

    Remember, when you translate “lean to think in centuries” from English into Italian, and then back into English, the result is: “None of us has the balls to do a damned thing.”

  • perpper

    No they can’t. They are perpetual 14-year-olds, to use Ms. Scalia’s phrase, and therefore are in constant revolt against any and all authority figures who are not “cool” or whatev.

  • http://chicagoboyz.net/ TMLutas

    This sounds like a request for alternatives:

    Here’s what comes off the top of my head right now

    Vatican Cleans Up
    Rome Reforms
    Roman Legal Eagle
    Pope Clears Throat


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