After the election of pro-abortion Obama, The Tidings and CNS bash and smear who else but, you guessed it, pro-lifers!
The new issue of The Tidings, our archdiocesan newspaper, carries a Catholic News Service article by one Dennis Sadowski, "Reconciliation after election: Possible, but it will take time" (click on this post's title), in which a pro-Obama ex-nun (it figures) in Cincinnati claims a pro-life lady came to her door, spoke harshly to her for having an Obama-Biden yard sign and gave her a brochure with photos of aborted babies.
The article employs these negative words in connection with the pro-life lady: "Fire in her eyes," "launched into a tirade," "shouted," "the woman's anger grew," "she was furious," "thrusting an envelope," "she said in a shrill voice,""the irate visitor" and, last but not least, one of the pro-aborts' favorite epithets for pro-lifers, "these people."
The article also says, "Seemingly, the most heartfelt anger has revolved around the issues of pro-life and family concerns --- abortion, euthanasia, stem-cell research, traditional marriage, all keystones of the Catholic faith. Some of the most strident voices have questioned the faithfulness of Catholic supporters of the Democratic ticket of Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden."
Don't look now, but this article breaks rules of newswriting. First, it commits the fundamental no-no of taking the word of only one side as fact. There is no proof that this encounter ever happened, or if it did happen, that it happened as the Obama backer claims it did.
Just how does the Catholic News Service KNOW that the supposed pro-life lady had "fire in her eyes?" Just how does the author KNOW her voice was "shrill," she was "irate," "her anger grew," she "thrust" an envelope, etc.? True journalism delivers FACTS, not fantasies.
In the second place, the article goes right from this supposed angry lady to fantasizing about "heartfelt anger" and "strident voices" of pro-life, pro-family people throughout the campaign. We're to think all pro-lifers are like this "straw lady" creation of CNS.
Sorry, CNS and The Tidings, but I see through your propaganda and I do not believe you.
The article does admit the following, but after you read it I will point out something about it:
"Likewise, the din of malicious rhetoric has hardly left supporters of Republicans Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin untouched. Not only have staunch partisans attacked the candidates themselves in humiliating ways unheard of in 20th-century campaigns, but voters supporting the GOP duo have been degraded and mocked for their positions as well."
Notice that we are to think that the above paragraph provides balance. It does not entirely do that. First, it refers negatively to Catholics' pro-life, pro-family concerns as "the din of MALICIOUS rhetoric." Second, it refers to the opponents of McCain-Palin as "staunch partisans," which is not negative terminology, although it does then slam their actions. Third, it provides no specifics.
If CNS and The Tidings want to find actual angry, shrill, strident people, all they have to do is look at the anti-Prop 8 forces and their violence, property damage, theft and intimidation.