The New York Times as State Organ

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In the old Soviet Union the two dominant newspapers were Izvestia (News) and Pravda (Truth).  People luckless enough to be born in the Soviet Union had a cynical joke about them:  “There is no News in Izvestia and there is no Truth in Pravda!”  James Tarantino in the Wall Street Journal has noted that The New York Times, in its sycophantic coverage of the President and in its hostile coverage of the Church resembles these two old propaganda organs of the Soviet State.

Despite being based in Rome, the reporters don’t seem to have a deep familiarity with the Catholic Church. They even quote a fellow journalist, from the Kansas City-based National Catholic Reporter, as an expert. What’s really striking about the Times story, though, is its ideological perspective–one that views the Catholic Church through the distorting lens of contemporary American liberalism as that weird religion that discriminates against women and has some sort of hang-up about condoms. Again, it reminds us of the way totalitarian propaganda outfits “report” on enemy states.

If you think “enemy states” is overwrought, check out the Times op-ed page. In a piece titled “Farewell to an Uninspiring Pope,” playwright John Patrick Shanley rants against the church:

Priests cannot marry. Why? I will tell you why. Priests cannot marry because they would have to marry women. Women cannot be priests.

Why? Women cannot become priests because of a bunch of old men. These old men justify their beliefs with a brace of ridiculous arguments that Jesus would have overturned in a minute. . . . I have little reason to hope that the Church of Rome will suddenly realize that without women, the Catholic Church is doomed, and should be doomed.

Wait, hasn’t he heard of nuns? Why yes he has. He continues: “I think of those good nuns who educated me, of their lifelong devotion and sacrifice. They have been treated like cattle by a crowd of domineering fools.”

Go here  to read the brilliant rest.  Contemporary liberalism has morphed into a very illiberal thing, a fact easily observed when they talk among themselves.

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Donald R. McClarey (1546 Posts)


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