News & Media~Media Watch



YouTube, Facebook and the Church
Archbishop Claudio Celli reflects on the new technologies.

Media Encourages the Slippery Slope
Stem cell decision should be reported as bad news.

Refreshing water for TV
New digital television channels have gone online in Canada and Spain, with visitor traffic exceeding the expectations of the dioceses that started them. The sudden influx of quality Catholic content on television and the Internet has been a refreshing sur

Mother Teresa and the Politics of Perfection
The news media have expressed shock in recent week in the wake of the revelation that Mother Teresa of Calcutta had her doubts.

Hypocrisy and Sin
I’d rather have someone in congress who advocates the right policy and falls short of practicing it than someone who advocates the wrong policy and behaves accordingly.

We don’t need a sequel
OJ on TV - I’m changing the channel or turning it off. Television networks air programming that they think people want to watch. So the only way we get programming to change is by watching what we want and turning off what we don’t want.

Be Anything You Want to Be
“The Church does not see itself able to ordain women, following the long and constant teaching of the Church.”

Fantasy Journalism
Time Magazine recently engaged in what I would call “fantasy journalism.” Others might call this the “what if” school of reportage.

True Stories
"Bella" joins an increasing number of movies that have a positive, Catholic message for today’s overly secular world. In fact, there are been several major films produced in recent years that aimed at the distinctly “conservative” Catholic audience.

Pro Birth-Control Perspective Shows
The media bias towards permissiveness and the acceptance of birth control as a right.

Television Confessions
I’m hoping someone can come up with something I might find more interesting than professional football.

Value of a Concert Ticket
"I suggest there has been a total loss of reality."

Eternal Vigilance
Family Police: when your children are invited to another home, ask the host parents whether they would be watching TV, and if so, what would it be. This will cause the other parents to pay closer attention to what they will expose your children to.

More than I Want to Know
If we were to listen to what goes on in the locker room at halftime of a NBA game, either television folks would have to do a lot of bleeping or we would have to develop a new tolerance for profanity. Surely, neither would make the game more enjoyable.

And Now, a Word from Whose Sponsors?
“Appropriate” is a word that has fallen out of use – and application. Advertisers and television networks ought to exercise a little judgment about what is proper to show.

It Is a Wonderful Life
It’s a Wonderful Life - one day at the time, we change the lives of people around us whether we realize it or not.

New Year’s Media Resolutions
2008 reality check.

I Want to Be Astonished
Too much of a good thing can be bad.

Taking Christian Moviegoers’ Dollars for Granted
The movie National Treasure, Book of Secrets demises marriage and family values.

A Couple of What?
These days, the media tend to call just about any permutation of human beings with some sort of relationship a couple.

Plumbing the Depths of Television
With each wave of new television shows it becomes increasingly difficult to pick the worst. But after some consideration, I’ve decided that “Moment of Truth” deserves special recognition as lowest of the low.

Life After the Superbowl
Millions of American men and a dozen or so women are going through the painful ordeal of football withdrawal.

There Is a Time for Everything
The best time to fix a problem is before is happens.

Misusing Research
How the secular press repeatedly manipulates data to advance the liberal agenda.

Lack of Love
The Love Guru: Thanks to my daughter’s taste in television programs I am able to save you from a terrible experience in your local movie theater.

Sports and Politics on Television
“Well, I fear the world has turned upside down, at least in how the news of the day is being covered in this election cycle.”

A Person Is a Person
No matter how small.

Christianity Saves the News Media
Jim Fair on the connection between Christianity and free press.

A Week without Mass Media
Person-to-person communication - what a concept!

Questions for the Holy Father
What the News Media Failed to Ask


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