Monday, July 21, 2008

there IS good stuff on tv news

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I'm on a rampage so excuse the rant.

But I just sat and listened to the priest at my new church tell the congregation that "the news" reports only on smut and glitz.

I don't think he'd appreciate if I had stood up and told the hundreds of people there that "all priests" are pedophiles.

So what makes him think he can generalize the news that way?

Most of you know that I work in a newsroom. I've been in television since high school.

Am I glued to the tv when I see a chase through an in-car dashcam video from a police cruiser? Do I like celebrity gossip?

Of course I do.

And does my station have to report on violence?

Yes. We have a responsibility to let residents know what's happening on their streets.

But did the priest not see the story a friend of mine did about a photographer who provides her services to parents grieving the loss of a newborn? (Sorry, I couldn't find a link to the story so you'll just have to take my word on it. The piece was so powerful, it brought tears to my eyes.)

And he must have ignored this story my station a few weeks ago.

Father Whomever-You-Are, do yourself a favor. Next time you want to generalize any group of people, do your homework.

Because it's just as easy for me to turn the tables around. Trust me, I know first hand about some horrible people in the Catholic Church. But I know they are not representative of the Church as a whole.

A bit of courtsey, Father, would be appreciated. Please think before you speak.

2 comments :

  1. Nice!

    Isn't it nice to have your own priest perpetuate stereotypes?

    I thought that was our job?

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  2. Isnt it awful when people of power and influence make such a bad judgment call? Good for you for feeling that you needed to speak up and defend your industry and career.

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