Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sentinel & Enterprise Editor: "We run a wide variety of columnists who are all over the political spectrum.."

Bernard Goldberg, in his book "Arrogance: Rescuing America from the Media Elite," notes how, "Quite simply, when it comes to gay issues, once again ideological journalism routinely fails the public - tilting the news of highly complex issues mainly to one side almost as a matter of course.  Once again, as with stories involving race or gender, narrow-interest pressure groups both inside and outside the newsroom are accorded special deference and respect.  And yes, once again it is liberal sympathizers, in this case straight ones, who help enforce the code, branding those who dissent from the approved liberal position as morally flawed..."  And, referring to those who oppose homosexuality because of their religious convictions, Goldberg writes, "I don't think someone is a homophobe just because he or she thinks that way - or, for that matter, honestly disagrees with some of the other items on the gay agenda.  More to the point, as it pertains to journalism, I think those people deserve a full, fair, and equal hearing.  The fact is, the gay agenda demands a fundamental shift in the way we've thought about sex and morals for a very, very long time.  It literally seeks to wipe away several thousand years of social and religious tradition.  So it would be crazy for us not to have a free and open debate about its consequences.  Yet what we most often see instead in the media is the sort of name-calling that wouldn't be tolerated on a playground.  Even traditionalist religious leaders and respected conservative social commentators regularly get called bigots for doing nothing more than upholding the tenets of their faith." (Arrogance, pp. 167, 168-169).

In this past Sunday's Sentinel & Enterprise, Bonnie Toomey categorized religious believers as being "stuck in the 20th century."  The implication being that those who adhere to the tenets of their faith tradition are somehow backward and "behind the times."  In addition, Ms. Toomey implied that it is this "backward thinking" which is responsible for "the many ugly stories involving harassment, mistreatment and even homicide."

I answered Ms. Toomey's asinine article in my last post.  What is most interesting is that a reader of this Blog contacted the editor of the Sentinel & Enterprise - Mr. Charles St. Amand -  to address her concerns regarding Ms. Toomey's article and he responded by asserting that the newspaper runs "a wide variety of columnists who are all over the political spectrum - left, right and center" and that he welcomes "letters and guest columns from..readers and community leaders on all topics."  This comes as a complete surprise to me.  For I have submitted guest columns and op-ed pieces in the past dealing with the issue of homosexuality and same-sex "marriage" and these have never seen the light of day.  Years ago, another Sentinel editor - Ann Connery Frantz - would routinely mock my views as she informed me that the paper would not be publishing them.

Does such an attitude represent a "full, fair and equal hearing"?  A fellow Catholic Blogger has written about the Worcester Telegram & Gazette's bias with regard to the issue of homosexuality.  See here.

Journalistic integrity or radical homosexual agenda?  You decide.

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ACatholicinClinton said...

I haven't seen any articles or op-ed pieces which reflect the Natural Law arguments against same-sex "marriage." Mr. Amand is not being honest.

Ted Loiseau said...

Bonnie Toomey's column appears every week in the Sentinel and Enterprise. Why not a weekly column from the Catholic perspective? Don't hold your breath.

Marie Tremblay said...

People are not "bigots" because they accept what their Church - or synagogue - has to say about homosexuality. I for one resent Bonnie Toomey's article which attempts to portray religious believers as being somehow "defective." That the Sentinel would publish her hateful views on Easter Sunday is adding insult to injury.

Martin M said...

I think the best thing to do, as Catholics, is not to buy any secular newspapers. Only buy good, solid Catholic newspapers. We should not give our money to these publications. Just imagine if all the Catholics in the USA stopped buying these newspapers!

Robert said...

I stopped buying them a long time ago Martin. Local newspapers tend to be very liberal and partisan. As bad as the sentinel is, the telegram is far worse. I read the Catholic Wold Report, the National Catholic Register and The Wanderer. I'm tired of angry secular humanists bashing my Catholic faith and everything I hold dear.

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