Observations on the Death of Pope John Paul II
During the media frenzy leading up to the passing of Pope John Paul II…
No shortage of print, radio and television media time and effort had been spent detailing the extent of the Pope’s influence within
was one of the staunchest supporters of the US-led invasion of Poland . But public opinion changed when Pope John Paul II criticized the war. Iraq
Implicit in this sentence, of course, is the ability of the Pope to exert influence over his native land. However, as we know from the first link (or from memory if you have a halfway decent memory) is that the Pope was against this war well before it started, he was consistently against the war and he was not quiet about it. If his being against it changed Polish minds about the war, how did they end up being one of our most high profile supporters? The uber-glorification of a man who really does not need any glorification at all in the media cheapens media outlets that engage in it. Now, some will point to this sort of thing and scream “liberal bias” and others will say that it is a sign of “media arrogance” while still others, myself included, will point to this as an example of the creeping affects of news as entertainment. For in a modern day news story about the withdrawal of Polish troops from frontline Iraqi positions it is far too irresistible not to drag a recently deceased Pontiff in and credit him with doing something he didn’t do. It is no longer enough that the Pope spoke eloquently and passionately in favor of peace over war. It is no longer enough that the head of the Roman Catholic Church advocated for the only course of action that a man in his position could advance.
That one sentence is a perfect example of why so many believe they are more than justified in holding indignant positions regarding bias, arrogance, and sensationalism in that nefarious entity known as MSM. It is also why they are right.