Brent Bozell

One of the last times Snyderman addressed Catholics came during her short-lived MSNBC daytime show in 2009. She was furious anyone would object to funding abortion in Obamacare. "The Catholic bishops appearing and having a political voice seems to be a most fundamental violation of (separation of?) church and state." Snyderman is an Episcopalian, so she thinks her church lecturing America for gay and female bishops and gay marriage and abortion rights would never breach the wall of church-state separation. There's no wall of separation needed, just a hug of ideological purity.

On Monday night, the networks exploited Pope Francis meeting amiably with the leftist president of his home country. On ABC's "World News," reporter Ron Claiborne described the two sides of a cultural war: "Cristina Kirchner stands for a new view of a changing world -- embracing gay marriage, sex education in schools, free contraceptives in hospitals." He added, "But when (Pope Francis) was a cardinal in Argentina, Kirchner described his social views as medieval." Claiborne didn't call Kirchner a leftist. The code word for leftist is "new," as in "modern and fashionable." Claiborne warned the new pope would lose the current good feeling, since what "the world is just beginning to learn is how conservative he is on social issues."

The world is shocked. The pope turned out to be Catholic.

In case viewers didn't get the point, anchor Diane Sawyer repeated that the Argentinian president "once called his views medieval." On "NBC Nightly News," reporter Anne Thompson checked the same rhetorical boxes: "As archbishop of Buenos Aires, the pope opposed many social programs that Kirchner endorsed, including gay marriage and free contraception. ... She, in turn, had accused him of holding positions that she said were medieval, harkening back to the Inquisition."

This is how silly these TV news attacks are: President Obama opposed same-sex marriage until last May. Why was it not "medieval" and like the Inquisition for Obama to hold that position in 2012?

The obvious difference is that the pope will not change his position with secular media pressure like Obama did. Everyone who will bow to the libertine left is honored. Those who won't are just hopelessly gauche, crossing their own foreheads on the ash heap of history.

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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