You’d think that a last minute decision by an Archbishop to cancel the visit of a Mexican priest to his diocese would make the Catholic news, especially when the good Archbishop makes such a strong statement about “the Centre’s support of groups in favour of abortion rights in Mexico is incompatible with the Church’s defence of the right to life from conception to natural death.”
But the two major players in Canadian Catholic media — Salt and Light and The Catholic Register — have not reported on the issue. Not surprising, since they’ve actively contributed to whitewashing Development and Peace over the last two years. But still disappointing.
While the print edition of The Catholic Register is published weekly, they post news stories on their website throughout the week. In fact, both The Catholic Register and Salt and Light posted other stories on Friday, but not the story about Archbishop Prendergast’s announcement.
Media bias can take several forms. The most obvious is when the facts are presented in a misleading way. The more insidious form is when key events and facts are simply not reported. Bias by omission. There are some stories they don’t want you to know about. You see, as long as Catholics in the pews remain in the dark, the longer D&P will be allowed to roam until the ultimate day of reckoning.
Some blogs and websites have already reported on this story. For example, Is anybody there, A Shepherd’s Voice and AngelQueen. There are also lots of high-fives going ’round in the forums at Catholic.org.
But the big guns are silent.
We should demand that the Catholic media stop holding their heads in the sand and withholding the truth from the faithful. The faithful have the right to know. They need to know. The media have no right to withhold this information. The media need to be held accountable for this.
And if they do eventually report it, I hope it won’t be the spin-doctored version being circulated by D&P. Just where would we be without the bloggers and independent news services?