We noted previously how trust in the Catholic Church may beginning to crumble. Thanks to Twitchy for pointing out the New York Times’ effort to shift blame and also for finding other Times’ coverage of the pope (as in CYA coverage) was amped up to 11.
Here’s the first headline where the Times somehow figured out how to throw conservatives under the bus while covering for the Vatican.
Nothing to see here except those darn Republicans trying to make a mountain out of a mountain.
Then along comes another article just to make sure we weren’t distracted by the blinding light of priests by the hundreds allegedly sexually assaulting boys.
Wow, just wow! Hide the women and children because…. conservatives are being critical of pedophilia.
Not to be outdone, Reuters decided they needed to get in to the act of defending the indefensible with this gem of a headline.
Along these same lines we thought we’d revisit moments in history and the headlines that likely appeared in the NYT’s back then.
Conservatives Block Helium Exports, The Hindenburg Forced to use Hydrogen Construction of Dallas Book Depository Funded by Conservative City Council Members Democrats Burn a Few Crosses While Republicans Wage War on Segregation Gun Owners Cause Increased Deaths During Undocumented Home Invasions Democrats Insist on Unlimited Abortion Freedoms While Republicans' Only Message is "Family Values" Conservative Cleaning Lady Forced MLK to Wait Outside Hotel Room Lack of Conservatives Willing to Fight Back on Three of the Four 9/11 Planes JonBenet Ramsey at Home During Evening of Abduction Working on US Constitution Homework Conservatives Refuse to Ban Knives Did OJ Buy One? Asteroid Aiming for Earth T-Rex Building Wall to Keep Undocumented Raptors out of Cave
First there’s no doubt in our mind that Trump hates bad news, that he thinks it’s a direct reflection on him and will say and tweet what he feels is necessary to discredit the offending media source. Some would say he down right lies, others that it’s hyperbole. But many also recognize that the media have been using their position as the fourth estate (a lost concept, by the way, over the previous eight years) to twist and turn stories that any unbiased person would recognize as clear bias.
Early on in the Trump administration an obvious example of bias was seen. How early? Trump’s first day. He was being observed by the media while getting organized in the oval office. One media rep from the press pool noted that the MLK bust was gone and notified the other reporters (btw, a press pool member provides insights for other press members since the oval office has limited space). Later though the reporter had to walk the claim back because the bust was actually there. So instead of reporting on an historic day, the reporter desperately jumped on the first indiscretion he could … imagine. But gee, we can understand how difficult it would have been to verify his reporting. Do you know how much work it would have been to look around the whole oval office?!
And it continues today. You can’t read the front page of a major newspaper and not see as many adjectives and adverbs as there are coming out of a night school creative writing course. Whatever happened to who, what, where, and when? Now instead of the four W’s we get the four B’s: bias, bloviate, bluster, and bellow.
Aren’t the media something. They’ve had quite a week. Only they could boost Hamas, MS-13 and Stormy onto a pedestal over such a short period of time.
Even Planned Parenthood got into the act admonishing Trump for his animals comment. “This moment calls for the President to do serious self-reflection” said Cecile Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood. I do believe Ms Richards should sit this one out. After all, it takes a rather callous soul to not consider a little self-reflection after performing over 300,000 abortions each year. That’s millions over the many years it’s been in existence. Mao would be proud. They’ve likely surpassed the number of people he killed.
Trump called him Lyin’ Comey. Which seems to lack a little creativity especially since so many others during the 2016 election were already christened Lyin’. With the revelations that Comey may have had a serious habit of leaking unsubstantiated perverse hearsay, a better name for him might be Leakin’ Comey.
But it is surprising how these damning revelations could not help skewer Trump on the impeachment alter. Of course one could easily blame other distractions such as the vibrant economy, the potential for a non-nuclear North Korea, the demise of ISIS and other little pesky things the middle of the country calls “accomplishments.”