Tags: Pope | Benedict | and | the | American | Media

Pope Benedict and the American Media

Friday, 22 April 2005 12:00 AM

Likewise, the media are able to damage the credibility of key people, and by extension their ideas, by labeling them. While the label "right wing" or "conservative" is regularly applied to some commentators, the media never apply the "liberal" label to other commentators. Barbra Streisand is simply Barbra Streisand, as compared to the "very conservative" Charlton Heston. Rush Limbaugh is the "conservative" radio host, but Al Franken is just a radio host.

In a similar way, the media shamelessly attempted to bully the cardinals in their selection of the 265th pope.

Frustrated by their inability to influence the 2004 presidential election at home, the media regularly floated polls indicating that American Catholics disagree with key Church teachings on human life and sexuality. They also described nearly each of the leading papabile as either "promising prospects" or "hard-line traditionalists."

The press went out of its way to find prominent Catholics to say that the selection of Cardinal Ratzinger would be "divisive." They have called him everything from the papal enforcer to the enemy of academic freedom in Catholic universities.

Much to their dismay, in one of the shortest conclaves in history, Cardinal Ratzinger was recognized by more than two-thirds of the world's cardinals as a man who could lead more than 1 billion Catholics throughout the world.

How did the cardinals opt for a man who came to symbolize conservative Catholicism throughout the reign of John Paul II? Maybe it's because their view of Cardinal Ratzinger is based on personal experience and knowledge of the Church, rather than through the lens of the American media.

Now the media are dismissing the cardinals as "out of touch" with their followers. Maybe the cardinals of the Catholic Church simply dismiss the American media as irrelevant.

104-104-104

© 2019 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
Pre-2008
Likewise, the media are able to damage the credibility of key people, and by extension their ideas, by labeling them. While the label "right wing" or "conservative" is regularly applied to some commentators, the media never apply the "liberal" label to other commentators....
Pope,Benedict,and,the,American,Media
293
2005-00-22
Friday, 22 April 2005 12:00 AM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved