Your thoughts, please…
Generally, the main stream media more than treats the Church unfairly, they attack us. Little effort is made to get and understand facts, context is misrepresented, opposing views completely ignored. There is an obvious agenda to marginalize us. It is not about journalism but promotion of an agenda.
Why? I believe the root cause is their out-of-control leftist, liberal biases. We oppose their core values so we are enemies. Those core values are things like contraception, remarriage, homosexual marriage, abortion. They have other “issues” with us too, such as male only celibate priests.
In the US, the latest round of attacks was spurred on by (1) Easter (we are often their targets at Easter and Christmas) and (2) opposition to their abortion-friendly healthcare bill.
We are not their only target! It had not occurred to me before, but they treat other groups who are hostile to their agenda this same way. I was reading about the media’s treatment of the Tea Party today and was struck by how similar it is to their treatment of the Church. Check-out these 2 links for a sample: The Teaparty Movement, The Democrat Party, Racism and Incitement! and Newsweek Covering Tea Parties With Unusual Restraint.
I am not sure how to address the problem, but I think trying to give them the facts and asking for fairness is naive. The best idea I have is to loudly boycott them and their advertisers. In particular the New York Times and Newsweek. This should not be on the basis of Catholicism, the Tea Party, or anyone else but on the basis that these publications no longer represent journalistic ideals.
What do you think?