Monday, July 21, 2008

BBC bias against Pope on WYD

Action: complaints, please, to the BBC from anyone who has seen its coverage, on radio, TV or the internet. This summary by the BBC will give you a flavour of the coverage.

Many people have noticed the remarkable feat achieved by the BBC: that the huge crowds of enthusiastic young Catholics praying and listening to the Pope have been largely ignored in favour of the sex abuse issue. The Pope's meeting with victims of sex abuse, and his courageous condemnation, and apology, for the abuse, have been taken by the BBC as an excuse to talk about almost nothing else - with the partial exception of noting a handful of homosexual activists handing out condoms.

As Fr Finnigan writes, Viewers relying on the BBC to find out what is happening in the world would gain the impression that the World Youth Day was an act of a defensive and beleaguered religious leader rather than a joyful celebration of youthful faith and Christian hope.

(And see here for how the BBC was criticised by an Australian newspaper for its coverage.)


Fr Ray Blake comments:I don't know what has appeared on the television but here the reporting on BBC Radio 4 has been appalling, one or two phrases of the Pope have been reported, but practically all the emphasis has been placed on the Pope's expression of shame for sexual abuse by clergy, when that has not been reported, there has been a great deal of emphasis on protesters against the Papal visit.

This summary - with accompanying pictures - by the BBC says it all. In between harping on about sex abuse and homosexual activists, it concedes that the event 'will be regarded as a resounding success by the Vatican'.

Regarded? By the Vatican? And what about by the BBC
?

But the BBC's Nick Bryant, in Sydney, says that overall the event appeared spectacular, and the young people who attended appeared to have been energised by the Pope.

It appeared spectacular? What's the difference between appearing spectacular and being spectacular? The young people appeared energised? Why not ask them and find out whether they were really energised?

2 comments:

Paula Hagan said...

I have tried several times without success to complain about the typically anti-religious comments by the BBC this time involving the spectacular WYD in Sydney. I will persevere however. I watched every single event of WYD several times courtesy of EWTN which I have had for several years and can now be accessed via SKY TV. I felt as invigorated by the Holy Spirit as much as those who physically attended. God Bless all young people who participated and those who could not because of location. I heard every comment and e-mail about the events and warmly welcomed comments from Police Force in Sydney who stated they were so impressed with the courtesy they received and the youth themselves. Australia I am sure has received abundant blessings.

shukach said...

The BBC now shares some of the features of the USSR media: Say nothing about Christianity [Catholicism in particular] unless it is bad, scandalous or perverted.
It is interesting that the propagandists of Marxist materialism and those of our pseudo-liberal western secular materialism act so similarly when it comes to reporting an essentially spiritual institution which is strong enough to oppose their mindset.

Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen