Sinclair’s journalists should stand up for journalism, reject company scripts

If I hadn’t seen the headline, as above, the lede sentence would have set me up for a take-down of CNN, unless I also realized she works for CNN:

If Jonestown had had a television network, it might have aired something like this.

Instead, she pities the poor journos, forced to do as the boss says.

Another view is that she “parroted the CNN company line by condemning Sinclair Broadcast Group as nothing more than state-owned propaganda.”

Cupp talked this up on CNN, basically blaming Sinclair for giving conservatives favorable (fair? not?) treatment and covering more conservative issues. But make it CNN doing this for liberal issues, and you have a match.

Later: While we’re on the subject, take note, please that deciding what’s news and what isn’t is key to the bias debate. If every story is accurate, it’s still a story the editors (writers too in most cases) picked. There’s the rub, my friends.

Duelling conferences: Cardinals Burke and Cupich, David and Goliath

#1, the Dubia group (questioners of Pope Francis’ Amoris letter permitting communion for divorced and remarried):

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, April 4, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Raymond Burke will speak about the nature of marriage at a conference in Philadelphia on April 21.

The dubia cardinal will be joined by Father Gerald Murray of The World Over fame and Father Dennis Gill, rector of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. The conference will take place in that cathedral and will include a Marian procession and crowning, Eucharistic Adoration, and a recitation of the rosary.

Called Matrimony: Rediscovering Its Truth, the conference is being organized by The St. John Neumann Chapter and Catholics United for the Faith.

via Cardinal Burke to speak on marriage, offer Mass at Philadelphia cathedral on April 21 | News | LifeSite

And #2, the (majority) pro-Amoris bishops, convened by Cardinal Cupich of Chicago:

Boston College, the University of Notre Dame and Santa Clara University hosted day-long seminars last week on the theme of “A New Momentum for Moral Formation and Pastoral Practice” in light of Amoris Laetitia.  The conferences, that followed a two-day conference on the same theme last October at Boston College, were conducted in concert with the Dicastery on Family, Life and the Laity.  Boston College professor Fr James Keenan SJ  and Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago were the principal organisers.

Each session featured theologians and bishops presenting on different topics related to Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family, with a team of theologians presenting at all three venues, although each session had different bishops among the presenters. Bishops Robert McElroy and Steven Biegler gave talks at Santa Clara, Cardinals Cupich and Joseph Tobin delivered presentations at Notre Dame; Archbishop Wilton Gregory spoke at the Boston College event, and Archbishop Bernard Hebda read a paper prepared by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who cancelled his appearance at the last minute due to the flu.

Heavy hitters, to be sure. #1 is outnumbered. “We few, we happy few,” they tell themselves?

Via Cardinal organises US campus dialogues on Amoris Laetitia

No contest, numerically speaking. Otherwise? One thinks not.