Politico FIRED Reporter Who Hate-Tweeted About Dead Pope Benedict

January 10th, 2023 1:39 PM

On New Year's Day, we reported Politico cyber-security reporter Eric Geller couldn’t help but trash recently deceased Pope Benedict XVI with this tweet: “Homophobic pedophile protector and Hitler Youth alumnus dead at 95.” Fox News media reporter Joseph Wulfsohn now reports all evidence suggests Politico dismissed Geller after the tweet. 

PBS’s Cold Benedict Obit: ‘Controversial Reign Ended' With Resignation

January 5th, 2023 5:59 AM

When PBS marked the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on its Saturday evening news program, the obituary was dominated by a fierce anti-Benedict voice railing against the former pope’s alleged neglect of sex abuse cases among Catholic clergy. PBS News Weekend anchor John Yang introduced the story with a brute, unfriendly summing up of Benedict’s tenure: Catholics in mourning. Pope Emeritus…

The Death of Eternal Truths and the New Paganism

January 4th, 2023 7:02 PM

Last week, Pope Benedict XVI died at the age of 95, nearly a decade after stepping down as head of the Catholic Church. His life was marked by adherence to a belief in an eternal truth above all. As he stated in a 2008 meeting with Catholic educators at the Catholic University of America, “Truth means more than knowledge: knowing the truth leads us to discover the good... (W)e observe, with…


CBS Again Hits Benedict as “Arch-Conservative,” “God’s Rottweiller”

January 2nd, 2023 11:20 AM

All three broadcast morning newscasts devoted full stories on Monday to the first day of public viewing for the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. CBS’s Chris Livesay was the most antagonistic to Benedict’s legacy, regurgitating once again the “…

Politico Creep: Pope Was 'Pedophile Protector, Hitler Youth Alumnus'

January 1st, 2023 3:16 PM

Twitter might encourage hot-take clicks when someone important dies. On Saturday afternoon, Politico cybersecurity reporter Eric Geller couldn’t help but trash recently deceased Pope Benedict XVI with this (linking to the New York Times obit): “Homophobic pedophile protector and Hitler Youth alumnus dead at 95.”


TV News Liberals Hit “Rigid,” “Hard Line” “Cartoonish” Pope Benedict

December 31st, 2022 10:40 AM

The passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was greeted with a familiar litany of liberal griping about the “strict,” “rigid” “hardline” Pope’s stance on ecclesiastical issues, with ABC, CBS and NBC all reminding viewers that as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, he had been tagged “God’s Rottweiler” by critics. On NBC, reporter Anne Thompson described Cardinal Ratzinger as “cartoonish” before his…


NBC, CBS Hype Catholic Church's 'Alleged Corruption and Infighting'

November 3rd, 2015 6:32 PM
NBC's Today on Monday aired a sensationalistic report on the upcoming release of two books that are "exposing alleged corruption and infighting within the Catholic Church." Keir Simmons boosted a statement from one of the publishers involved, who claimed that "if the Vatican were a company they'd be in Chapter 11, and heads would be rolling from all the mistrust and financial abuses." Simmons…

Lib Professors Target Conservative NYT Writer Over Catholic Column

October 30th, 2015 5:42 PM
A group of purported Catholic professors wrote an open letter on October 26, 2015 to "the editor of the New York Times" decrying a October 18 op-ed item about the Catholic Church by a conservative writer Ross Douthat. The letter, which was initially signed by 25 academics from Georgetown University, Villanova University, and other schools (the list has grown in subsequent days), claimed that…

Tale of Two Popes: Benedict an ‘Enforcer,’ Francis ‘Positive'

September 25th, 2015 3:47 PM
For journalists, it was the best of popes and it was the worst of popes. News outlets were often negative when Pope Benedict visited the United States in 2008, calling him an “enforcer,” “God’s Rottweiler,” and “very conservative.” Not so this time around for Pope Francis. The current pontiff shares the media’s views on climate change, immigration and inequality, and seems ambivalent at best…

Pierce Uses Pope’s Congressional Speech to Bash Cruz, Conservatives

September 25th, 2015 12:00 AM
Liberal Esquire political columnist Charles Pierce, formerly with the Boston Globe, joined MSNBC’s All In on Thursday during live coverage of Pope Francis’s visit to New York City and used the occasion of the Pope’s speech hours earlier before Congress to lash out at Ted Cruz and conservatives for not endorsing climate change or other liberal social issues as does the Pontiff. 

Matthews Slams 'Fragile' Benedict; Williams Hypes Chris's 'Patriotism'

September 23rd, 2015 8:15 PM
Joining Brian Williams for his second day back anchoring MSNBC’s coverage of Pope Francis’s visit to the United States on Wednesday afternoon, Catholic and Hardball host Chris Matthews blasted Francis’s predecessor Pope Benedict XVI for being “so fragile and removed” and possessing a “weakness” and “coldness” that Francis does not have. The disgraced former NBC Nightly News anchor gushed over…

MSNBC Spotlights Dissident Catholics; Likens Church to Abusive Spouse

September 22nd, 2015 7:30 PM
Thomas Roberts set aside four full segments on his MSNBC Live program on Monday and Tuesday to a panel of six Catholics who dissent from the Church's teachings on sexuality and abortion. Roberts hyped his guests as "Catholics like me who have been deeply wounded in life by the Church." He noted how a divorced woman stayed with the Church and asked, "Do you feel as if you're almost on a cyclical…

Daily Beast Rips Conservative Catholics For Sowing 'Schism' in Church

November 3rd, 2014 7:57 PM
Left-wing academics Candida Moss and Joel Baden blasted conservative and traditionalist Catholics in a Sunday post on The Daily Beast website for their opposition to Pope Francis's change in tone on social issues. Moss and Baden made their loathing of orthodox believers clear by hyping how supposedly, "conservative Catholics have had their chastity belts in a twist over Francis and apparently,…

NPR Spins: 'Vehement Hardliners' Vs. 'Progressives' at Vatican Meeting

October 6th, 2014 1:19 PM
NPR's Sylvia Poggioli promoted the cause of dissenters inside the Catholic Church on Sunday's Weekend Edition, as she covered the beginning of special meeting of bishops at the Vatican. She featured seven soundbites from four such dissenters (and didn't identify three of them as such), and none from orthodox Catholics. The correspondent also played up the "vehement response" from five cardinals…