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media blackouts to make the Chinese envious… May 24, 2012

Outrage Over 72 Hours Of Network Silence On Catholic Lawsuit Spreads To Other Christian Leaders

Fury over the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts’ continued refusal to report the lawsuits Catholic entities have filed against the Obama administration has spread beyond the Media Research Center watchdog group and Catholic leaders to nine additional Christian leaders equally concerned about this decision to deliberately not report national news. Below are statements released by FRC’s Tony Perkins, Gary Bauer of American Values and seven more leaders.

For the third night in a row the broadcast networks have refused to cover this correctly. This momentum is fueled by CBS Evening News’ outrageous decision not only to spike the Catholic lawsuits but instead to lead the news with yet another story about the Catholic sex abuse scandal. The broadcast devoted two minutes and 31 seconds to the accused abusers and allegations that occurred decades ago. That’s roughly eight times more coverage than CBS Evening News gave the historic lawsuit on Monday.

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  • Yeah cuz everybody wants to hear about the virgin bishops’ outrage over the 91% of the population that uses birth control.  Fringe fanatics.

    • Laura

      “the virgin bishops”? seriously? What are you, a tenth-grader who thinks virgin is the dirtiest word there is? And it is not about what “the people want to hear”, it is about being honest and informing the public properly.

    • Modern Comments

       Yeah, religious freedom is so passe…who cares if Catholics are forced to violate their conscience, right?

      Grow up.

  • Laura

    It is really troubling that the media is so selective about the news they report. Unsurprising though.

  • L.

    I’m going to reveal my bias here, as a print journalist, but…..does ANYONE get their news from evening network newscasts these days? 
    I want to use the “beating a dead horse” cliche here, but it would be too easy.
    I don’t live in America anymore, but when I did, I didn’t know anyone under 60 who watched a daily network news program. Most people I know get their news from Internet sites (often affiliated with newspapers) or from listening to the radio, often in their cars. If they watch TV news at all, it’s Fox and/or CNBC or CNN.I am a bona fide mainstream media reporter. The website of the news organization for which I work gave prominent coverage to both the lawsuits and the abuse coverage-up stories.

    • Manny

      That may be true, but the evening news gives the issue weight and credibility.  By blocking its coverage, they are minimizing the importance of the story.

  • Manny

    Does anyone recognize this country that we live in?  These last few years seem like I’ve been transported to an alternate universe, one that is called America, still speaks English, still celebrates the same holidays, but has all sorts of different values.  One day I should become a monk and get away from this all.

    • L.

      Sounds like San Francisco — I was very happy there.

      • Manny

        I wish we could cut San Fran off the mainland.  Or how about cutting all of California off the mainland. 😉

        (Before I get attacked, I’m kidding.)

        • L.

          San Francisco IS kind of cut off from the mainland. It is a microcosm of all that is good, and I wanted to keep raising my children there. (wistful sigh) I am speaking of a particular parish in the south part of the city.

          I always describe it as the place where the Knights of Columbus did all they could to help their gay neighbors, despite the conflicting cardboard signs on their lawns. 

  • D Laviano

    Ah. First freedom of religion is violated and now censorship of the media. Does anyone else see a pattern here?  Welcome to America: a liberal totalitarian state.

  • Remember that there was a blackout on Climategate from the 3 major TV networks for a fortnight before it received a mention.  So don’t hold your breath.

  • Lee Gilbert

    Yeah, it’s kind of disappointing that our mortal enemies, the main stream mass media, will do nothing to advance our cause, show us in a good light, convey our values.  Why, they haven’t given adequate coverage to the Pro-life March on Washington since its beginning.  It is similar to other scandalous situations, for example when the Axis powers didn’t give aid and comfort to the Allied powers in WWII, but rather tried to destroy them.  It just goes to show you . . .

    That we have no idea what kind of a battle we are in, what a winning strategy might be, why we are losing . 

    Engaging the enemy on his own ground and on his own terms, expecting his aid to win the battle, not what you would call a sophisticated strategy-our approach for the past forty years and more.