After the Funeral, the Coming Storm . . .

It was only a matter of hours after the Holy Father had died, that the MainStreamMedia (MSM) launched its furious campaign of distortion and propaganda. Perhaps readers can sympathize with my frustration at watching pundit after television pundit proclaim how they loved and admired the Pope as a person, while simultaneously voicing their personal disagreement with the pope’s “dogmatic” teachings — on birth control, on abortion, on gay marriage, on celibacy, on women priests, etc., etc., etc.

Don’t get me wrong, there may be a time and a place for discussion of various issues by non-Catholics (or disgruntled, excuse me “progressive” Catholics) — but it seems that for some of these talking heads, the chief priority is not so much to report the death of the Pope with some semblance of journalistic objectivity, as to maintain one’s liberal credibility by exploiting the situation, siezing upon the end of his pontificate and the prospect of a new Pope as an opportunity for the Catholic Church to “catch up” with the rest of the enlightened world after being mired for decades in tired, old, and oh, yes, “rigid” orthodoxy.

Congrats to Fox News Channel, whose coverage is proving better than most, as well as those channels that bucked the trend by offering interviews with faithful Catholic commentators. It’s refreshing to see the likes of George Weigel, Fr. Neuhaus, Janet Smith, Christopher West being interviewed ‘midst the sea of heterodox or lapsed Catholics like Joan Chittister, Andrew Sullivan, Chris Matthews, and those who clearly have a chip on their shoulder regarding our beloved pontiff.

Pleased to see as well a few of St. Blog’s own, such as Jimmy Akin on Fox (who insists that he wasn’t tired, just blinking — see the photo and judge for yourself), and Peter Vere on MSNBC, speaking on behalf of Catholic bloggers everywhere. Rather interesting, seeing screenshots of Catholic Light and Catholic & Enjoying It on the tube, and “St. Blog’s Parish” mentioned for all the world to hear (Out of curiousity, who coined that phrase, anyway?) — Oh, and Amy Welborn was mentioned on CNN.

In any case, here’s a roundup of some critiques of the mainstream media’s coverage of the death of John Paul II.

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