Thursday, April 07, 2005

Sycophancy is not Eulogy

A great post from Frans Groendijk here, which emphasises the difficulty that people have in being objective as soon as someone passes away.

abcNews that
"Major news media around the world devoted 10 times as many stories to Pope John Paul II's death as they did to the re-election of President Bush, according to an analysis released

Paul J.J. Payack, president of Global Language, said the jump reflected the Roman Catholic pontiff's influence."He was tied in history, probably more than any pope in contemporary time," Payack said. "Because of his extensive travels, he's well known in many more countries."

Rubbish.It is all about infotainment and the decline of journalist standards.

Couldn't agree more. It amazed me that, with wall-to-wall coverage of the events, so much of the reporting was lazy and repetitive. Where was the explanation of the workings of the Vatican? Real reports of how he dealt with Communism? Analysis of the spread of Catholicism and regional differences in belief?