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Friday, April 01, 2005
  The MSM does it again!
I turned on the TV today sometime around 2PM. I was flipping the channels and I got to channel 8 (CNN) and I saw scrolled across the bottom of the screen, "Pope John Paul II is dead". Being the non-liberal that I am (I can never take CNN at their word) I decided that this required further investigation. I flipped to FoxNews, channel 64, scrolled across the bottom of FoxNews I read, "the pope is still alive".

I figured, wait a minute, this requires a little further investigation. I punched in channel 23, MSNBC, scrolled across the bottom, "The pope is alive, his condition is deteriorating fast". Ok I thought, so far, it's a 50/50 shot the pope is still alive. So next, I flip over to channel 25, CNBC, "the pope is alive, his condition is worsening."

Well hell, I'm thinking to myself, is he alive or dead? So, I flip back to channel 8. Now I read across the bottom of the screen, "Vatican denies pope is dead".

Did CNN jump the gun a bit here? You know, it's one thing to report that another earthquake hit and a tsunami is expected, it's a whole different thing to report that a historical figure like the pope is dead! Why is it so important to get the scoop, instead of getting the story straight? When will we get back to the point where the truth is as important as the story?

If you can answer that one, you win the CupieKewpie Doll!

(hat tip to Dave Nalle for the Cupie/Kewpie correction)
 
Comments:
Since I'm not Catholic, I don't pay attention to the Vatican issues. It's a little creepy that his health began to fail after Terri died, that he had a feeding tube inserted, etc. Maybe it's God's turn to make a statement.
AND you were so right!! I was such a goof for not noticing the Dirty Harry mistake. Good of you to point it out FOR EVERYONE TO SEE. Just kidding.
 
Well you know they could have been right now because all the other ones have followed suit and he is dead.
So the MSM hasn't done anything but told what they know, perhaps, or maybe as you say it, but there's now way to tell because he was declared dead just shortly after this news broadcast leading me to believe that it is possible they were right.
 
Nick - I wrote this on Friday, the pope didn't die until Saturday afernoon.
 
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