Conclave media circus: Why this reporter's staying home

  • Article by: Jeffrey Weiss , Real Clear Religion
  • Updated: March 12, 2013 - 2:06 PM

Even in budget-strained times, many media companies want somebody there for every puff of pope-ballot smoke. Most could cover the story better from home.

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marsbonfireMar. 12, 13 2:54 PM

Just listening to the CBS news at the top of the hour with a corespondent breathlessly reporting that he's seen black smoke "not white, it was definitely black" coming from the chimney was enough for me to change the radio dial in disgust.

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jdlellis1Mar. 12, 13 3:01 PM

Why the circus? Because as one major cable reporter grinningly stated, "We love the drama!" Which by the way, is the problem. News repoting today has to equal drama. Thus the need for, "If it bleeds it leads!" and reality television. Not to mention shows like TMZ, Entertaininment Tonight, etc.

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omnipresentMar. 12, 13 4:54 PM

Whose economy are the 4,000 journalists supporting--Rome's? Italy's? Vatican City's? 'Cause if it's the last, the Cardinals could turn red ink to black by voting and voting and voting....

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owatonnabillMar. 13, 13 6:42 AM

It is owatonnabill's considered opinion that the Cardinals currently engaged in selecting a new Pope care not a hoot in hell what the American media thinks.

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barbjensMar. 13, 13 7:05 AM

I think this whole Media Coverage is rediculous. What happens there is NOT going to change my life one iota and I do not want to CONSTANTLY hear the insame reporting about it.

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