Since the two crooks have gone, the newspapers books may be more honest (unless Jim Thompson, the watchdog who slept during the old regime while gloriously clinking wine glasses with Henry Kissinger and Richard Perle, still continues inattentively with the New Guard) but the old modishly leftward tilt, historically there, has veered so decidedly as to seemingly fall off the edge of the earth. There was a time when Ray Brennan and others led the pack of investigative journalists there; but now all that seemingly remains are some doggerel posing as straight news which is nothing less than the uptown edition of The Nation magazine. To discover it, dont take a look at the editorials but at the news columns, signed columns and analyses. In particular, take a look at the left-wing hallelujah chorus comprising Fridayso-called Religion column by one Cathleen (with a C) Falsani. I dont know her but to give her the benefit of the doubt one would surmise she is a bubble-gum popping adolescent.
There are all kinds of religion stories to be covered that are languishing. Ill name only a few from my particular religious perspective: how are the citys two Catholic universities, Loyola and DePaul, doing with the mandatum that Rome had tried to install under John Paul II where theology taught is supposed to have the approval of the bishop? And what happened with a drive to fund a so-called Catholic college on the north shore where Barat stands? These stories are sparsely covered, if at all is my conclusion as one who taught as an adjunct at both universities and fought to create the third.
Instead of purveying news, what is her religion column to Falsani? It is license to write about herself, of course. A favorite Sun-Times habit is for columnists to think its all about Me. In addition, Falsani propounds her political views. And what does Falsani tell us about herself and what does she think about public issues? : Why, she writes shes receiving an e-mail from a friend named Amanda who happens to be a Jewish atheist, more or less. I digress but: an atheist more or less: an this from a so-called religion writer? Aquinas proved conclusively in the 13th century that one is either an atheist or is not; if one is less she is an agnostic. But the Me column goes on,
Amanda lists President Bushs faults (which Falsani reproduces in detail): He supports the death penalty, he reversed the civilized worlds abhorrence of preemptive war, he sold America a war based on lies, he willingly started an unnecessary war that has resulted in the deaths of 2,000 and tens of thousands of Iraqis; he tacitly condones torture; he is against stem cell research; he does not push to fully fund Veterans Administration hospitals or health insurance for veterans. Then Falsani (purportedly the Sun-Times religion Editor) declares [f]or a year Ive not been able to bring myself to respond in any substantive way. What a ghastly admission.
How about correcting her kinda atheistic friends god-awful misstatements of fact? The death penalty, when applied justly, is not immoral as propounded for 1,500 years. With the exception of World War II all the wars we engaged in were preemptive. What was Woodrow Wilsons credo to make the world safe for democracy? What was Lincolns decision to reinforce Fort Sumter? What was Trumans decision to send troops to Korea? The North Koreans who invaded the South didnt attack us. When the colonists took muskets to Lexington and Concord before the Brits fired on them: what was that? Bush is not against stem cell research; he is against embryonic stem cell research.
What kind of reporter is Falsani anyhow? Bush sold America a war based on lies? If the TV weather person tells you its going to be sunny tomorrow and it rains, thats not a lie: its an error. Since the Congress had all the intelligence Bush had and voted for warincluding John Kerrydid Kerry lie to America? Did Congress lie to America? Since Britain had the same intelligence, did Blair lie to Great Britain? Did parliament lie?
Falsani announces, [T]here comes a time when silence is immoral. Now, I believe is that time. Drum-roll, please. How about practicing a bit of silence while you do your homework and research the facts, Ms. Falsani? How about using your column to cover religious news not as an bludgeon for sloppy, half-baked opinions? And where are your so-called editors? Or are they, like you, so badly informed they cannot separate ill-considered rubber-stamped ignorant vacuous pap from clearly delineated opinion? Im going to keep this up for the good reason that if there needs to be a liberal newspaper in Chicago, it should observe accurately and reason clearly. This is an embarrassing teen school-girl social illiteracy of the Michael Moore genre that is pure tripe. What has oozed from the newsroom into the pages is salacious `60s-style hippie commune thinking as to make the judicious weep.