Media in Trouble: All the news thats UNfit to print!: Deep Thought....

"The information of the people at large can alone make them safe, as they are the sole depositary of our political and religious freedom." --Thomas Jefferson 1810

Monday, April 04, 2005

Deep Thought....

The proposed "size" of a story (as in Schiavopalooza, Death of a Salesman Pontif) is inversly proportional to the ammount of airtime it gets on cable news.

That being said, our media are a bunch of idiots. I actually heard people asking where the pope would be buried. Anyone who has been on a guided tour of the Vatican will be able to tell you that all popes are placed in a tomb underneath St. Peter's Basilica. The choosing of a new pope has also been discussed, with minimalistic air wave filling questions such as "What is the process of picking a new Pope?"

This type of stuff is stupidly and incredibly poor journalism. Any journalist should have this on the tips of their toungues and it should be part of their basic research. They shouldn't have to ask some "catholic/Vatican bureau chief reporter" these questions, they should get off their lazy asses and get on the internet.

If part of the media's role in this whole death of the pope coverage is to educate people on the purposefully well defined actions in the event of a papal death, then they should do the minimal research on these rules and get them out there right from the get go.

This will free up more time to allow more coverage of catholic priests performing mass in every single Catholic church in the world, regardless of the relevancy that church may have in the overall Catholic church.

I can't wait 'til CNN and Fox news camps out a van in front of Holy Cross Church here in my home town, it may just encourage me to go to church for the first time in years.