Bad Reporting, a Biased Media, and Anti-Catholicism

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You really have to be careful where you get your news these days. The mainstream media, and even many online news sites, just can’t be trusted.  The news can be a real wasteland.

A case in point is the recent headline on a story on Yahoo News – “Pope warns against populism and ‘saviours’ like Hitler.” The just over 200-word-article from the Agence France-Presse, an international news agency headquartered in Paris, France, starts off as follows:

“Madrid (AFP) – Pope Francis warned against populism, saying it could lead to the election of “saviours” like Hitler.

“In an hour-long interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais conducted as Donald Trump was being sworn in as US president, the pontiff also condemned the idea of using walls and barbed wire to keep out foreigners.”

The article went on to say that Hitler was elected because Germany was looking for a leader who would give the country back its identity. The implication was that it’s possible the Pope thinks that the populist election in the U.S. may have resulted in the election of a “saviour” that is like another Hitler.

The end of the article finally offered a hint of balance: “Pope Francis, however, underscored that it was too early to pass judgment on Trump.

“Let’s see. Let’s see what he does and then we will evaluate,” he said.”

Of course, anyone who just read the headline and the first few paragraphs of the story came away with a different take on what Pope Francis said.

On the Other Hand . . .

Contrast this article with one at the Catholic news Agency, “Pope Francis Takes ‘Wait and See’ Attitude Towards President Trump,” or with the way the UK’s Catholic Herald told the story, “Pope: ‘I’ll judge Trump after we see what he does’,” both of which provided a much more balanced treatment of what Pope Francis really said in the interview.

And consider, too, an article at Catholic World Report, “Time for a Media “Time Out”.” In this article syndicated Catholic talk show host Teresa Tomeo calls out the media for its less than professional approach to reporting in recent years:

“As someone who has spent 36 years in the trenches as a reporter, anchor, media consultant, and now a talk-show host, I think there is no time like the present to take the media to task for any behavior that would be unbecoming even of high school journalism students.”

It Gets Worse

And finally, consider another article at the Catholic News Agency, “Eggs and anti-Catholicism hurled at churchgoers in Scotland.” Apparently, there still exists in Scotland, as in other parts of the world, a good deal of anti-Catholic sentiment.

And finally, recall in the waning days of the election the WikiLeaks release of Hillary Clinton’s campaign team’s anti-Catholic emails.

So, what’s the point here? Actually, there are a number of points to be made.

Be a Skeptic

For Catholic news, Catholics should look to trusted Catholic news sources for honest and accurate reporting. It shouldn’t really be news to anyone by now that the predominantly secular-progressive media reports everything with a secular progressive bias.  The Democratic Party has become a party that condones and even praises immorality and murder (homosexuality, gender stupidity, abortion, and euthanasia), and their willing media lackeys seemingly can’t stoop low enough when it comes to tearing down traditional Christian values or Catholicism.

After eight years of the Obama administration’s attacks on Christianity, the secular progressives in the media have become very emboldened. Now that the Democrats have lost both Congress and the White House it’s a sure bet their secular progressive media puppets will be crawling the gutters trying to find as much muck to rake up as possible in an effort to continue their attacks on our Judeo-Christian culture and anyone who promotes traditional morality.

On top of all this there is still an anti-Catholic bias that exists in the world, so anytime the Pope, the clergy, or the Catholic Church, in general, can be presented in a negative way it’s a sure bet that negative reporting will be the path that is taken by the secular-progressive media. And if there is a chance to drive a wedge into the Catholic Church, or to present the Catholic Church as being against the more conservative, traditional Christian values that the GOP espouses, it’s also a sure bet the secular progressives will jump at the chance.

So be wary, be skeptical, and be picky about where you get your news.

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17 thoughts on “Bad Reporting, a Biased Media, and Anti-Catholicism”

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  2. Popes used to be quite circumspect in their comments knowing full well that the secular press (heavily protestant and masonic influenced in many areas) would twist any comment with a view to the sinister plans of the Church to once again take over Europe and the New World. Today, the evils of the world are so openly manifested that the opposite tact is called for. A clear expounding of moral principles will probably affect only a few but it is worth the effort to say we attempted to stay the advance of the barbarians at the gate.

  3. Good article Gene and in fact, I have been very careful what news I read and believe. I do agree with Elijah on some comments he made, and one other guest. My son loves the Pope and I do too, but as I told my son, but I love him as a shepherd not a politician. And I was a bit put off or concerned that he has never criticized or said let’s wait and see regarding Obama who supports all manner of abortions. But again, enjoyed the article very much.

  4. A sister in Christ

    I agree with your statement “Catholics should look to trusted Catholic news sources for honest and accurate reporting.” But the rest of your comments are biased and judgmental and lacking of the love and mercy that Jesus calls us to. Pope Francis warned against excessive rigidity in our faith, pointing out that the Jesus often accused the leaders of the synagogue “hypocrites,” for following the Law with rigidity. Lk 13: 10-17 The pope concluded his homily 10.24.16 with a prayer. “Let’s pray for our brothers and sisters who think that by becoming rigid they are following the path of the Lord. May the Lord make them feel that He is our Father and that He loves mercy, tenderness, goodness, meekness, humility. And may he teach us all to walk in the path of the Lord with these attitudes.”

  5. Various studies have been done about people in the media as regards their attitudes towards things like abortion and other notions that put them at odds with the Catholic Church. We should not be surprised that these people try and use their influence to make others think like they do whether they are in the media or even in education. This is unavoidable, but we have to be alert to what is going on and not be easily fooled by headlines, wordplay (e.g. pro-choice) and other oversimplifications of complex matters.

  6. In the interview that I read, Francis said it is ok to build a wall to protect your country, just be sure to talk to your neighbor.

  7. I’m looking forward to the Downfall of the bad news media companies.
    The Democratic party has sure become a strange party,
    I switched to republican.
    I am looking forward the downfall of the Democrat party.
    I hope these all get greed organizations, get replaced by good honest news, and a good honest party.

  8. “Let’s see. Let’s see what he does and then we will evaluate.” (Pope Francis)

    Well, I guess we’ve now waited long enough, and seen enough. This president really is another Hitler.

    Well, at least, he’d like to be. Hopefully, the American people can stop him in time. I am encouraged by the practically non-stop protests and demonstrations since his inauguration.

    1. Make no mistake, Trump will have 8 years and more than likely 3 Supreme Court nominations. The murderous Roe v Wade will finally be overturned – FINALLY. When the clowns are squirming, good things are happening.

    2. I don’t disagree but we it will take more than just changing hearts because:

      “For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

      We must first stop the bleeding and anyone who denies that laws will not help are living in a fantasy land.

      Pax Christi

  9. In My life, I have never known a pope to spout out everything he thinks to the press. Popes used to be so quiet and only spoke on matters of faith. Francis has an opinion on everything, and outside of the faith it is not too good. He is using the same Hitler analogy as the average street protestor. He is not even above that. And now telling the world that he will reserve his judgment of Trump until he sees what Trump does. I can remember when he was asked about homosexuals in the priesthood, his response was “Who am I to judge?” I guess he picks and chooses who to judge. Popes are not supposed to Grandstand, and it is really bad when a Pope is proven to be a hypocrite. Speaking out against a Wall that many nations have themselves including Mexico while He himself has around the Vatican. And Saying that anyone that sells guns are evil when he himself is surrounded by armed guards. As bad as what comes out of Jesuits mouths, they at least used to think before they said something stupid.

  10. The eggs hurled in Scotland were thrown by teenagers. For centuries, teenagers have been throwing eggs. It usually does not mean anything more than they need their behind tanned. To pretend that there is some sort of serious anti Catholics growing in Scotland is kind of silly

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  12. I agree that this is a low hour for media. But Pope Francis’ comment about walls and wires in the El Pais interview probably was about Trump despite the later paragraph talking about delaying judgement on Trump because the two duelled about the wall months ago wherein Pope Francis questioned the Christianity of anyone who believes in walls…and Trump then called his comments disgraceful. Vatican City is surrounded by a wall and my house has movement alarms at night due to a previous break-in and ensuing street fight. But yes the NY Times has become obsessed and inaccurate with and and about Trump and CNN always was. The Washington Times and Fox are helpful by way of a balance as to Trump. Pope Francis though I view as suspect in security matters based on his words not on reporting of anyone. He told 400 children that ” migrants are not a danger” when in fact he should have said “most are not a danger.” He said the fifth commandment condemned the death penalty which is impossible because the God who gave the fifth commandment gave over 30 death penalties to the same people in the same covenant to whom He gave the fifth commandment in the same first person imperative. And that same God gave both Jews and Gentiles a death penalty for murder in Gen.9:5-6…echoed very well in Romans 13:4…and in the much ignored
    ccc#2260 written by a CDF Cardinal who like I probably didn’t like St. JPII citing Gen.9:5-6 in Evangelium Vitae sect.39…only after removing the mid couplet death penalty. Pope Francis even thinks life sentences are a death penalty. He is not a moderate in security matters. So whether Fox or CNN mention a very pacifist statement coming from Pope Francis…it’s probably true.

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