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April 12, 2010

Brent Bozell: Media Must Stop Bogus Reports about the Catholic Church and Pope Benedict

Topics: Faith, Media, Political News and commentaries

In a statement released earlier today, Brent Bozell declared that the intentional disparaging and false reporting on the Catholic Church and its leader Pope Benedict XVI was an atrocity, and demanded the media immediately end their exaggerations:

"The Catholic Church has always endured unfair characterizations from the left-wing media, but the most recent and phony 'news' coverage of the sexual abuse scandal has reached a new and alarming low.

"Last week dozens of news outlets – including the Associated Press, Reuters, Washington Post, New York Times, CBS (which attacked the Church on Easter Sunday morning), MSNBC - reported that the abuse scandal is 'widening.' That is absolutely and unequivocally false. The scandal isn't growing. As Catholic League President Bill Donohue aptly noted, citing evidence from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, abuse is shrinking in the United States, with an even more rapid decline over the last five years.

"Any credible journalist would have done his or her research before reporting a fallacy of this magnitude. And any other religious institution that was targeted in this unconscionable fashion would have been rescued by the same liberal media that claims to be objective.

"The liberal media must immediately stop poisoning their readers and viewers with these false claims and apologize to the Catholic Church's leaders and the millions of Americans who are proud of their Catholic faith."

Recent lowlights of additional bashing of the Catholic Church and Pope Benedict XVI are here...

I seriously doubt that the liberal, anti-Catholic media will listen to anything Brent Bozell says about their biased coverage against the Church, but Bozell is indeed right, the media's reporting has been unconscionable and it's high time for the bashing and false reporting on the Pope and the Catholic Church to end.

Related - Here are some very good posts and commentaries which discuss the media bashing of the Pope over clerical sexual abuse (H/t - Te Deum Laudamus:

Time for some fair and balanced reporting on clerical sex abuse (Fr. Z)
Journalists abandon standards to attack the Pope (Phil Lawler)
Catholic League’s full page ad in the New York Times (Fr. Z)
Another ridiculous AP article deconstructed (Fr. Z)
Fr. Lombardi: For the love of truth (Sandro Magister)
Kiesle case is no smoking gun (OSV)
More shameful attacks on the Pope and the Catholic response (AmP)

Posted by Richard at April 12, 2010 8:01 PM

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