The media and the new pope: a study in contrasts, or a study in hypocrisy?

After the media’s breathless run up to the election of Pope Francis, it seems that they taken upon themselves the task of scrutinizing his past.  They are examining everything from his childhood, his education, his role in resisting the Argentinian military dictatorship’s “Dirty War” back in the late seventies through early eighties.  One story from the Huffington Post exemplifies this (MSNBC is also showing its concern):

The election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new Pope Francis brought joy to Argentina, but has also cast a spotlight on the religious leader’s dark past, scarred by allegations of collaborating in the case of two Jesuits who were kidnapped by the country’s military dictatorship for five months in 1976. One of them accused Bergoglio — then his superior at the Society of Jesus — of being behind his abduction.

Now, while I am glad to see that the press actually has the capability to dig into a person’s past, where was all this curiosity and zeal was (and is) when Øbama, our “lord and savior” (according to that great pundit, Jamie Foxx, anyway), was being “vetted”?  If anything, the press was strangely (or typically, depending on your viewpoint) incurious and silent on president’s background, and remains so to this day.

Why is the background of the Pope, who is powerful in his own right, but really has little effect many of the U.S.’s citizens, subject to such intense scrutiny, but the background of the president, who directly affects every single one of us (including the church, as evidenced by new Øbamacare rules for Catholic institutions), not the subject of comparable levels of microexamination?   For that matter, one might ask why was the background of newcomer Sarah Palin the object of such passionate “journalism”?  Of course, these questions are rhetorical; the answer is clear.

As Mr. Spock would say, it is “fascinating”.

Don’t forget that prior to the pope’s election, there was much talk about how the new Pope, whoever he might be, will deal with the recent sex scandals that occurred in the church and how the church will deal with its policies on homosexuality.  It is beyond amazing to me that they could issue these observations when the pederasty problem in the church appears to originate with the homosexuals that have joined the clergy.  Obviously, it isn’t politically “correct” to note this Gordian Knot.

Similarly, the media has been running with stories incorporating the meme of the “Stained glass ceiling”, and pontificating (pun intended) about the church’s “inflexibility” on things like women priests potentially leading to it becoming “inconsequential” in the world.

Consider this: if the church is becoming so “inconsequential”, why would Biden, Pelosi and DeLauro attend the investiture of the new Pope?  If the church is so rigid and inflexible, why would they allow this trio of abortion enthusiasts to receive Holy Communion?  If the position of the church on the role of women in the clergy is so egregious, when can we expect the stories to commence on the role of women in Islam?  Given the parameters the press uses for the Roman Catholic church, shouldn’t Islam likewise be in danger of becoming inconsequential?  When will our crack reporters tackle this?

Clearly, the hypocrisy and liberal bias of the press with respect to the Church compared to that of Øbama is palpable.  Maybe it is time the press remembers that the Church, any church, is based on faith, is equally protected by the First Amendment, and if you don’t like the tenets of the church you are in, perhaps you should find another that fits your needs, rather than forcing the church to change to suit you.

A 60 Minutes investigation of Pelosi?

This is more than a bit strange.  I was looking for something else, and came across this.  Steve Kroft, a trusted fixture of CBS’s 60 Minutes, attended a press conference held by Nancy Pelosi (D. Ca.).  This is more than unusual as neither Mr. Kroft, nor the “regulars” on 60 Minutes typically materialize as such press conferences. Read more

Pelosi’s back door pork

While the Republicans are trying to rein in deficit spending, this administration is doing its darnedest to spend money we don’t have. This time, the beneficiary is San Francisco, home to Representative Nancy Pelosi (D. Ca.).  Here is the most recent scam. Read more

Unemployment insurance creates jobs!

Representative Nancy Pelosi (D. Ca.) made that statement several months ago. Now, Presidential Press Secretary, Jay Carney, in a recent press conference, is jumping on the same band wagon.   The theory goes that if someone who is unemployed receives a payment from the government, they will spend it, thus boosting the economy and creating jobs.  Let’s analyze that. Read more

More waivers: San Francisco now sees what is in Obamacare

Remember former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi’s (D. Ca.), famous statement about Obamacare…”we have to pass the bill before you can see what’s in it”?  Apparently many in San Francisco, the heart of Ms. Pelosi’s district, have now seen what is in Obamacare, and they are not too impressed. Read more

Pelosi to run for House minority leader – UPDATE (Video): Happy Days!!!!!

In yet another sign that Democrats seem to be totally clueless about what happened on Tuesday (See: President Obama’s Wednesday press conference and his upcoming Sunday night interview on 60 Minutes), Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D. Ca.) has advised her remaining collegues in the House that she will seek the position of House minority leader come January. Read more

Luntz: We’re gunna have one hell of an election I promise you that ….

and when it’s over at least half of America is gunna be pretty angry. So said pollster Frank Luntz last night on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox. Luntz’s live focus groups are always pretty fun, but this one sets a new standard that will be hard to top … or will it? This is well worth the watch. It’s only two minutes, but its 120 seconds of fun, fun, fun as people in Florida got at it on Obama, Pelosi, the Republicans and whether orange juice really does deliver vitamin C. OK, not the last part, but everything else is on the table. Read more

The “Obama” tax cuts – This is what change looks like

OK. I know you think this is a joke. But it’s not. It’s called re-branding. You know, Newer, bigger, with special enzyme dirt fighting yada, yada, etc, etc. Again this is not a test. Watch the video for yourself. Read more

The Age of Divisiveness

Anyone who disagrees with President Obama has been labeled a “racist”. Those who attend tea parties have been labeled “Nazi”. If you don’t like what this administration has done, and speak out against it, according to the Speaker of the House, you are “unamerican”.

Taxes must be raised on the “rich” as, according to our President, they are the “greedy” ones who sit back and reap their rewards off the backs of the “poor”.  Let’s forget for the moment that the “poor” wouldn’t have a job, but for the “rich”.

We have an Imam who wants to build a Mosque near the site of Ground Zero.

And now, we have a “pastor” in Florida who wants to burn a copy of the Koran in a ceremony on Saturday, September 11.

All of the above labels and actions fit nicely within our concepts of freedom of speech, and freedom of religion.  But, are they right? 

To me, they are not. 

All they do is divide us into small fractionalized groups.  And, the more fractionalized we become the more we forget how we began…

We the people of the United States…”

On the job: Pelosi wants an investigation into the people … opposed to the mosque?

Yes my friends. Forget the investigation into who actually will be funding the building of this still unfunded $10o million dollars project. Let’s first take a look at who is funding the people who are expressing their displeasure in the building of the mosque. Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats continue their plunge toward obscurity and November 2010. Read more