I can’t remember the last time I actually watched the evening news. Too many ads from pharmaceutical companies and not enough real news as I recall. But tonight, what with the news that 40+ Catholic organizations sued the government by simultaneously filing a dozen lawsuits across the country, I decided to take a look, and realized pretty quickly that I’m never going to get back that half hour of my life.
I didn’t bother with CNN, or Fox, but I informally surveyed what used to be the Big Three, ABC, CBS, and NBC. Of those three networks, only CBS mentioned the story at all. Deep into the program, ’round about the 25 minute mark, Scott Pelley spent 10 to 15 seconds on the story, er blurb. ABC and NBC? Nothing at all. Nada, zilch, zippo.
Checking their websites, NBC has nothing on the story at all. CBS has a pretty good article, except they give quite a lot of ink to Planned Parenthoods’ president Cecile Richards, though they wrap it up with a wee snippet from Fr. John Jenkin’s of the University of Notre Dame. The article by ABC News included quotes from Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Fr. Jenkins, and much better background information about what has brought us to this point.
This probably is shocking to no one, but the mainstream media doesn’t seem to be very excited about sharing the wealth of information about this story with the general public.
Frank's got more including a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon that pretty much explains it all.