A Guide on How Not to Cover the Vatican

by Mike on June 28, 2007

in Media Bias,Religion

I’ve always argued the first thing people who want to learn more about religion, especially Catholicism, need to do is ignore anything reported in the mainstream media because it is usually wrong. Sometimes the stories are inaccurate because of bias. Sometimes the inaccuracies are merely the result of good-faith theological ignorance. Whatever the reason, good starting points for gaining theological knowledge and understanding are rarely found in the MSM.

Pope Benedict’s imminent decision to relax restrictions on the use of the old Tridentine rite is an excellent example. I couldn’t decide exactly which MSM article to link to, but luckily I discovered the Curt Jester’s template for MSM coverage of the Latin Mass issue. The Curt Jester knows the Pope’s decision is coming and that the MSM will get it wrong one way or another. In an effort to make their jobs a little easier, he created a template, complete with anti-Catholic misconceptions and biases frequently found in the MSM, for them to use in writing their articles. Reading the template is instructive because it highlights many common media misconceptions of Catholicism and how they use those misconceptions in their reporting. It’s definitely worth a look.

If you’re interested in this sort of thing, be sure to check out the rest of the site as well.

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