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.