Comrade is “Official” Journalist? Certified, Da or Nyet?

"The Press" always did reference a machine.

I find it increasingly difficult to look away from a Nancy Pelosi presser, less because of what she says, but for how she says it. Her shuddering gestures and stammering cadences remind me of Judy Garland (and, lately, her daughter, Liza) gassing away in the moment and then smiling broadly at the audience when a sentence is finally completed. It's unnerving; it's discomfiting and -- when coupled with her astonishing willingness to say almost anything in order to sustain and promote the Party … [Read more...]

The Party is Victor; Time to Save Souls and Churches – UPDATES!

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Perhaps because I had been away from news consumption for the past week, yesterday's headlines seemed ominously full of arrogance but also, conversely, refreshingly honest. It seems to me that the way the administration, its presumed successor, and their legislative henchmen and media minions were (almost merrily) staggering forward means this thing I wrote in October has essentially met its day:Between the compliant, incurious and obsequious press, a cadre of fully-established-and-in-place … [Read more...]

Using Gosnell to Snip at Obama, or the Press? – UPDATED

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"If these children are being born alive, I have confidence that a doctor..."That is part of State Senator Barack Obama's argument, in 2003, as to why he would not support any sort of legislation insuring medical care for babies delivered during botched abortions. More completely, he said:I think it’s important to understand that this issue ultimately is about abortion and not live births. Because if these children are being born alive, I, at least, have confidence that a doctor who i … [Read more...]

Is MSM Awareness of Gosnell a Wave in Tide of God’s Mercy? UPDATE

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It has been, as Ed Driscoll notes a slow awakening for the mainstream media, but now that they are reading the Grand Jury reports on Kermit Gosnell and the testimony at his trial, some members of the press are saying yes, this story deserves covering and in fact demands it from many angles. Perhaps no one has touched on the crux of the thing like Seth Mandel at Commentary:The media should be ashamed beyond description for this behavior. The American left should come to terms with what it … [Read more...]

Media Assist: Easy, Logical, Fair Angles to Pursue on Gosnell Story – UPDATED

Empty seats reserved for press at Gosnell Trial. Photo credit: JD Mullane, news writer and columnist, Bucks County Courier Times, The Intel, Burlington County (NJ) Times.

So, something happened yesterday, something I have been praying would happen, regarding many stories, for years -- at least since the death of Tim Russert. A mainstream reporter looked up from headlines full of spin, distraction and politically expedient, empty themes ("war on women!") and said, essentially, "why the hell is this absolute horror in our midst not on every front page?"The reporter was Kirsten Powers, who reached her breaking point with the Kermit Gosnell Butchering of Women … [Read more...]

Baby Screaming After Gosnell Abortion: only of “local” interest

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There is a saying in the news industry: "if it bleeds, it leads..."But not always.Perhaps the saying should be changed to, "if it bleeds and is politically expedient it leads, otherwise, it gets buried.For instance, you might remember the story of Kermit Gosnell, the Pennsylvania abortionist who was charged with killing at least one women and multiple (perhaps hundreds) of late-term babies in his "practice. Gosnell performed late-term abortions, marveling once that a baby was "so … [Read more...]

When a 375 Word Rebuttal is just not Enough – UPDATED

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Image courtesy of shutterstock.comA few days ago I received an invite from a major US newspaper (one I like and even count among its contributors a friend or two) asking if I would be interested in writing a 375 word rebuttal to an editorial; its publication next week will apparently identify the problems within the Catholic church, as this editorial board sees them, and would proceed (I presume) to make its recommendations as to what the church should do in order to (again, I presume) get … [Read more...]

Media Uses Assault Weapons of Ignorance on Benedict

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(image courtesy of Shutterstock.com)Kathryn Lopez gives us a bit of George Weigel on MSNBC.George Weigel keeps his eye on the prize here. This is a good model of communicating in uncertain times, subtly and clearly communicating Gospel truth with fraternal love.Television interviews are deathtraps to the presentment of sophisticated ideas; they're places unfriendly to nuance or depth, because every story, every thought, must be condensed -- truncated to fit the spaces between the … [Read more...]

Dear NY Times: Less Yapping, more Actual Thinking!

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I have been meaning to write for several weeks about Mary DeTurris Poust's lovely new book, Everyday Divine: A Catholic Guide to Active Spirituality, which I had a chance to read while stuck in a plane that never did leave the ground for Baltimore. I liked the book very much, as it gives some very personally-rendered, tried-and-true practical advice for bringing a contemplative habit to so much that is "ordinary" about our days, and helps to make them much less ordinary, and sanctified. This … [Read more...]

Susan Rice is a Diversion from Obama’s own Words to UN – UPDATES

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The mainstream media keeps wondering about UN Ambassador Susan Rice, and the fact that post-Benghazi she went on five Sunday Mornings shows, five days after the event, to say -- over and over again -- that the attack on our Libyan consulate and the death of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens was all due to a video no one had ever heard of, is just odd.I mean, hey guys, almost ten days days after Rice's appearances (and five days after his administration was finally … [Read more...]


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