Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

The media's annual bout of blindness

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Jan 21, 2014

Dozens of professional journalists, particularly in the vicinity of Washington, DC, are showing early signs of a strange illness that strikes, oddly enough, at exactly this time each year. The illness causes restricted vision, so that reporters fail to notice large-scale events.

The disease—to which medical professionals have not yet assigned a name—makes it almost impossible for major-media reporters to notice tens of thousands of people marching up Constitution Avenue. Because the disease also causes mental disorientation, reporters fail to notice traffic jams, sold-out hotels, crowded Metro cars, and an unusual number of young people carrying pro-life placards around Capitol Hill.

This remarkable malady invariably claims reporters from mainstream media outlets as its first victims. But the disease is highly contagious, and other reporters—including those outside Washington—frequently show the same symptoms.

Fortunately the disease passes quickly, typically lasting only about 36 hours. Victims will recover completely by January 23, and by Friday even inexperienced journalists will be able to recognize a potential headline story immediately if a half-dozen people gather outside the Japanese embassy to protest the killing of innocent dolphins.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($25,821 to go):
$150,000.00 $124,178.96
17% 83%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Kansas Girl - Jan. 22, 2014 3:56 PM ET USA

    I guess, like the proverbial ostrich with its head stuck in the sand, the popular press thinks if it doesn't see the hundreds of thousands of pro-life marchers they really don't exist.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Denial of Service Attack: Success! December 19
Federal debt as a social-justice concern December 19
Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle December 18
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed December 18
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? December 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17