Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Carl Olson on the "MSM Papal Word Association Game"

I was going to comment on USA Today's piece on Pope Benedict -- or what passes for "journalism" on the Pope in the mainstream press these days -- but Carl Olson of Ignatius Insight does it so much better:

Yes, I really am trying to drive myself insane...but I cannot help it. Help what? you kindly ask. I cannot help playing the "MSM Papal Word Assocation Game." It's simple: just highlight the words and phrases that have been used over 264,000 times by other journalists to describe the Pope, creating a "story" that is simply a regurgitation of some 74,527 other stories. ...