The press and Benedict

My piece comparing and contrasting the press’ dire predictions about Pope Benedict XVI with the reality of the man is up at Pajamas Media today.

As if making my point for me, Newsweek has two pieces on Benedict, both falling rather heavily “pro” Benedict and “con” Benedict – I think perhaps the press is past understanding that balance means “a little bit of both.” The first piece, by George Weigel, I recommend to you because although it glows for Benedict, it also gives you an excellent sense of how deeply this pope may effect our age. The second, by Lisa Miller is your basic predictable condescension about how Benedict does not “connect” with Catholics…except for all the ones who love him, especially the young, but since they’re probably living in the woods with Barack’s “bitter” gunslingers, they don’t matter, do they?

Funnily enough, Sissy Willis manages to look at Benedict and Barack. You’ll like!

Related: Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes

Lots of good stuff over at Pajamas Media, btw, there besides my poor effort. Bill Bradley has two piece ups, both on “Bittergate”, with the second looking at how Obama’s stunning elitism will be used against him, Mohammed Fadhil says the Iraqi government has a golden opportunity if they’ll take it, and Glenn and Helen are talking to Michael Yon.

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  • Bender B. Rodriguez

    Pack rat that I am, I have a few issues of Time, Newsweek, etc. from JP2′s visits way back when.

    I cannot envision buying, much less keeping, any such news magazine now covering B16. You have an occasion for something positive, and an associated high number of sales, but instead they decide to load up their issues with negatives. Who would buy that crap? Why would anyone read such stuff, that is, why purposely bring yourself down? Once again, the MSM will shoot itself in the foot and, come the end of the year, when more reporters get laid off because of poor sales, they will scratch their heads wondering why.

  • Peregrine John

    Poor effort, my foot. I have not paid a lot of attention to the new pontiff before now (I am not Catholic, though I do sing as one on Sundays and Thursdays), but over the past couple of months you’ve got me looking up his writings and discovering yet another falsely maligned man of complexity and faith. I sound rather gushy, but what I really mean is, Thank you very much. I appreciate your efforts.

    Bender: perhaps it is not only the church that will need to shrink through a time of testing before being returned to its roots, hm?

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