He blames them for distorting the facts and using them against the Church.
The media has "distorted" nothing. They report the facts. If these facts are used against the Church, then it's the Church's fault.
If bishops hadn't covered all this nonsense up in 1984 when the scandal was gaining critical mass, we wouldn't be where we are today.
Stop blaming the media when the Church gave them the ammunition.
posted on 03/06/2003 12:33:24 PM PST
The media has "distorted" nothing. They report the facts.
Oh, please. Get real. When writing copy for any news medium the primary concern is the hook followed by space - be it time or actual column inches. Words are cut (translation: details) based on the available space. There are details left out every day. Journalism is not term paper writing where there is a topic sentence and then supporting sentences woith development. Stories are written with space editing in mind. A whole lot of detail which gives a much better picture of the whole situation was left out of the original story.
Just remember: mundane details don't sell papers. Splashy headlines do. Changing minds is next to impossible once they are set. The sensationalistic headlines did their job. The Church and the hierarchy are now guilty until proven innocent.
The media has "distorted" nothing.
That about sums it up. You believe the media has never made a mistake. They are infallible to you. So much for your talk about caring for what is true.
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