Media bias

Media bias

Once again, a fine example of media bias, or even just media blindness. This time is comes in a story in the Cleveland Plain Dealer about the Franciscan novice who shot the pastor of his parish and then burned the building after he had learned he was going to be dismissed from the novitiate after seven years in it.

    The biggest riddle is what could possess Montgomery to kill, especially given his background as a peace activist and social worker.

At face value, this looks like a fine question, except for the presumptions. Why should a peace activist and social worker be any less prone to violence? Because of their “lefty” assumptions? To illustrate what I mean, here’s a quote you’d never read:

    The biggest riddle is what could possess James Kopp to kill, especially given his background in the pro-life movement. (Kopp is the guy who admitted killing a New York abortionist in a sniper attack.)

See the presumption? Everyone assumes that pro-lifers can kill. But when somebody who subscribes to the ideas that appeal to liberals commits a crime it becomes incomprehensible to them.

I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with peace activism or social work, just that it is interesting to note the reflexive biases in reporters.

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Domenico Bettinelli

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