Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Objective Reporting???

Notice how the statue is referred to as an "idol". If you have a second you might want to drop the suburban Chicago news an email that'll point out that Catholics do not worship statues or idols but God alone!

See A visit from Our Lady:

A visit from Our Lady
Statue of Virgin Mary: Local parish is host to 33-foot idol for 2 weeks


Update (10-19-05): Has been corrected, thanks to all those who wrote and complained!

13 comments:

  1. Horrifying, of course. My guess is that, in some kind of perceptual fog, the reporter is confusing 'icon' with 'idol' because of their typographic similarity and his/her ignorance. Of course 'icon' wouldn't be accurate either, for a sculpture...

    Sheesh! "Get Religion" should be able to make brief hay of this!

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  2. Ha! I needed a good laugh this morning. Gotta love those wide-eyed young journalism students.

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  3. "Roman Catholics believe that prayers said to Mary will be delivered to Jesus."

    You know, just like all those letters to "Santa" were delivered to Kris in Miracle on 34th Street.

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  4. An example of the media's invincible ignorance?

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  5. Well, at least they didn't call her "Semiramis"...

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  6. I politely emailed the author to reconsider her use of words. She responded that the headline isn't hers and that her company will be addressing the error shortly. We'll see but, always, charity in everything.

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  7. Good for you, Dancing Ox. Mea culpa...

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  8. They haven't done anything yet. I think they could use a few more letters and calls. Go to "about our paper" and you'll find the e-mail address of the editorial staff.

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  9. Her name under the headline is a link to email her. I just her a polite and humorous plea to never use the word "idol" when talking about the use of statues in worship.
    (My parish had that statue a couple of years ago, and I think it's just a LITTLE creepy myself...it's too darn big!)

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  10. The newspaper for our area of Chicago is the Beacon News...one of the choices from this publisher. We called it the Be-confused rather than the Beacon News and dropped our subscription.

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  11. FWIW ... the reporter is undoubtedly correct that she had nothing to do with the headline (and I say this from a position of complete ignorance of this specific newsroom). But for reporters to write their own headlines is just this side of unheard-of for a daily newspaper.

    That's an editor's job, and complaints about this or any headline should go there, not a reporter.

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  12. It's been fixed. I think they probably took the headline writer out back of the shed for a whupping.

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