The Dozen Lawsuits Filed Today Garnered all of 15 Seconds on CBS News. We Shall Overcome.

Calvin and Hobbes are at it again, making great points in less than 10 seconds.

Thinking along these lines then, I can’t remember the last time I actually watched the evening news. Too many ads from pharmaceutical companies and not enough real news as I recall. But tonight, what with the news that 40+ Catholic organizations sued the government by simultaneously filing a dozen lawsuits across the country, I decided to take a look, and realized pretty quickly that I’m never going to get back that half hour of my life.

I didn’t bother with CNN, or Fox, but I informally surveyed what used to be the Big Three, ABC, CBS, and NBC. Of those three networks, only CBS mentioned the story at all. Deep into the program, ’round about the 25 minute mark, Scott Pelley spent 10 to 15 seconds on the story, er blurb. ABC and NBC? Nothing at all. Nada, zilch, zippo.

Checking their websites, NBC has nothing on the story at all. CBS has a pretty good article, except they give quite a lot of ink to Planned Parenthoods’ president Cecile Richards, though they wrap it up with a wee snippet from Fr. John Jenkin’s of the University of Notre Dame. The article by ABC News included quotes from Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Fr. Jenkins, and much better background information about what has brought us to this point.

This probably is shocking to no one, but the mainstream media doesn’t seem to be very excited about sharing the wealth of information about this story with the general public. And maybe the public doesn’t want to know, just like Calvin, though in the end Hobbes seems a little underwhelmed by the choice his pal takes. When the media do mention the lawsuit, care will be taken to show photographs of birth control pill packages, and include the dominant paradigm references to the alleged “war on women,” etc.  All the links to more information straight from the horses mouth for the benefit of readers? Those are going to be missing in action, as they were in the articles I shared above, as well as on this one that was published today over on Yahoo! Who’s got time to add all those pesky links to stories anyway? *cough*

But the really best news about this whole mess is this: the young people in our country are wise to this silliness. Here on the Patheos Catholic portal, for example, we’ve got Marc Barnes drawing pictures for folks. And other young folks are hard at work bringing to light the serial cognitive dissonance of messages like this one.

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Wow. The whole time that was on I was thinking, “It’s 2012, and we’re not going to teach our daughters about how their bodies work.”  Not to mention the fact that no one is threatening to take away anyones ability to purchase contraceptives cheap and use them all they want, either. Lucy LeFever, one of the wunderkinds over at Live Action does a fantastic job deconstructing that one sided story from the Administration.

You know, that video above has over 40,000 views since it was released on May 16th. The one below that was released today from the Archdiocese of Washington? 1731 views so far, which isn’t bad, but we need to kick it into overdrive ASAP. Share it heartily, will you? Because videos like this one aren’t going to be getting any airtime on the Big Three, or on the other 250 networks either.

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The Chancellor requests our prayers and we should not be stingy with them. Pray that we  are able to overcome this unconstitutional act of the Administration, as well as the other moves afoot that the powers that be have set into motion. Simple, powerful prayers work wonders in situations like these. It’s like Julian of Norwich says…

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UPDATE: Kathy Schiffer is a charitable soul.




  • The Catholic Science Geek

    You’re right…the BBC is usually all over the latest news stories in America…but has been pretty silent on this issue. This is especially ridiculous considering how lame most of the other BIG stories are looking on that front page of US news right now. Please, please, please BBC…just one tiny little blurb about this…anything! Even a tiny Cardinal Dolan pic and quote would certainly make America look a lot more interesting right now….

  • Joanne K McPortland

    News Hour on PBS did quite an extensive story on it, with excellent information from the WSJ’s Janet Adamy, who did a great job of clarifying and reining in Gwen Ifill’s attempt to take the White House’s side.
    CBS Morning Show today had Cardinal Dolan on for a pretty good couple of minutes, conversing with Charlie Rose and Erica Hill. (I just wish he’d stop using people’s first names in every sentence; it makes him sound like a door-to-door salesman trying too hard.)

    • Frank Weathers

      Cool. Sounds like folks are getting caught up.

  • David Paggi

    Obama has doubled-down his bet, & will do so again & again – there is nothing that he won’t do to achieve his goal. This isn’t about contraception, which is a straw man. This is about ABORTION: remember that little $1 per month surcharge?

    Beyond that, I believe his Machiavellian strategy is nothing less than the complete secularization of Catholic health care, education, & social services. It would be a grim day if no activity in these spheres were informed by Catholic thought. What few friends we have among Evangelicals have neither the infrastructure nor the depth of understanding to cope with this onslaught without us. Most of the rest of Chistianity has already been co-opted or sold out, and the rest are thoroughly conditioned.

    This makes it clear that in order to get mind-share on this issue, it will be necessary to produce really outstanding video and print spots and BUY TIME & SPACE to tell the truth. There are literally tens of millions of Christmas Catholics, other Christians, Jews, and the unchurched who have NO OTHER ACCESS to

  • David Paggi

    (continued from above – dratted phone!)

    even the merest hint of the TRUTH. As a matter of fact, indiferrence may the BEST the MSM can do, as their actual stories betray malevolent bias. However, this is not the worst that Obama can do.

    We must recognize we are on DEFENSE, the opposition has the ball, deep in our own territory. But a darkness covers the field so that very few can percieve the game, and no one has a clear view. If you are reading this, then you may be one of the players tasked to play a position – and you wandered on the field with no pads, no training, no coach, and no plan – against an opponent that not only owns the best players, he also owns the umpires!

    Pray for our bishops. The enormity of the challenge before us is momumental, but the teaching moment it provides could prove providential if we rise to the challenge. There is really only one way – we have to inspire as many people as possible to get really PISSED enough to do something!