FLASHBACK: The Lib­er­al Media’s Slant­ed Farewell to Pope John Paul II

FLASHBACK: The Liberal Media’s Slanted Farewell to Pope John Paul II

Today is East­er Sun­day, a good time to reflect on the lib­er­al media’s cov­er­age of the pass­ing of Pope John Paul II, 19 years ago this week (April 2, 2005). While the media praised John Paul for his “charis­ma” and “mag­net­ism,” jour­nal­ists reject­ed what they char­ac­ter­ized as his “extreme­ly con­ser­v­a­tive” poli­cies, as if long-stand­ing Catholic Church doc­trines were mere­ly one Pope’s per­son­al opin­ions that could be dis­card­ed on a whim.
Amer­i­can jour­nal­ists had long sep­a­rat­ed any admi­ra­tion for John Paul as an inspi­ra­tional world leader from their oppo­si­tion to teach­ings that ran afoul of mod­ern sec­u­lar tastes. “There are some who say he would have been more com­fort­able in the 5th cen­tu­ry, but some the­olo­gians say that, real­ly, some of the 5th cen­tu­ry Popes were more pro­gres­sive than John Paul II,” reporter Jer­ry Bowen snarked on the August 15, 199 …