Thursday, August 18, 2005

Media Log

The security folks might not like this shot, but oh well....

Kudos to the AP.

Thank God the CTV (Centro Televisione Vaticano, for you EWTN fans) has a web feed now. If you're watching EWTN, you're watching non-liturgical homilies from American priests who like bloviating. If that floats your boat, fine. It doesn't do a damn thing for me.

But guess what? Thanks to Vatican television, I'm actually getting to watch THE POPE! Last time I checked, he's the star of the show here, not chatty types in plastic hats. B16's having a great time, and if you weren't watching EWTN, you could actually see that.

The Mobile is slowly winding its way through the streets of Cologne. It's beautiful, exciting -- and there's no commentary whatsoever besides the cheers of the crowd.

And EWTN fiddled while the Pope went out into the people.

What's new about that? Hats off to the CTV and Vatican Radio for a job well-done.



Blogger Matthew Lickona said...

Um, me-ow.

18/8/05 13:49  
Blogger Flambeaux said...

I've gotta concur with Rocco. Part of what drove me nuts about EWTN's coverage of the death of JP2 and the Conclave, et alia, was that Neuhaus and Arroyo wouldn't pipe down.

18/8/05 13:56  
Blogger Matthew Lickona said...

You have the advantage of experience, so I'm not about to argue with you, or with Rocco for that matter. I just know that EWTN did have live coverage of the pope's arrival on the boat, and that Rocco's claws were showing here. I'm sure the news pleases him - when The Revealer took note of Whispers, he said that catty was what he went for.

18/8/05 14:09  
Blogger Disgusted in DC said...

I'm glad that someone finally mentioned the overpoweringly loud Neuhaus/Arroyo yack fest at JPII's funeral. It is curious that Anderson Cooper at CNN did a much more sensitive job of narrating the funeral service, mostly letting the mass speak for itself, with only gentle interjections and explanation.

18/8/05 14:39  
Blogger Rocco Palmo said...

Full disclosure: Matthew and his dad did an hour on Life on the Rock a couple weeks back... Sure it helped the book sales along quite nicely.

If I got that kind of publicity from EWTN, I'd be calling valid criticism of it "catty" and complaining about "claws" too. But I'm conflict-free in that department, so I roll on....

18/8/05 15:19  
Blogger Matthew Lickona said...

Oh, Rock. To quote Culture Club (yes, I am a musical dinosaur): "Do you really want to hurt me?/Do you really want to make me cry?"

Do you really think that was what drove me to comment? Book sales? (And even if you do think it, it's a helluva thing to impugn my motives in public like that.)

I was on the phone with my mother when EWTN covered the pope on the boat. Seeing it made Mom very happy. So I knew EWTN hadn't completely dropped the ball on showing the star.

But even if that particular criticism was valid, what scratched me the wrong way was the generalization that followed: "And EWTN fiddled while the Pope went out into the people. What's new about that?" That, combined with your earlier charge that "EWTN is insane" struck me as catty.

A word on word-choice: I used "catty" because of this bit from your April archives: "Lastly, I want to thank the good folks at The Revealer, who have given me a privileged pew in St. Blog's Parish. They've called this commentary 'pious to biting.' Biting? I'm really aiming for catty."

But here's the main point, Rock: I don't much care about EWTN, because I don't watch television. I rejoice in the good that they do and lament the ways in which they fail, but it's all a bit abstract. I do, however, read blogs. I posted the comment because I care about this blog - not because of EWTN, and not because of book sales.

18/8/05 16:23  
Blogger John Hearn said...

Now Rocco, EWTN is not perfect and constructive criticism of it's broadcasts and programs are sometimes called for. But for all of that this network has done a marvelous job in spreading the word that there is a *real* Sprit of VII (the Holy one) that the AmChurch types are not telling you about. I owe much of my own reversion to watching EWTN programs, many of which are very informative and spiritually nourishing. If you find the hosts to be "bolveating" that may have more to do with you than with them.

In short I think that perhaps you enjoy beating up on Mother Angelica's network a bit too much for your own spiritual good.

18/8/05 16:30  
Blogger Jimmy Mac said...

Watching EWTN? Peggy Lee said it best:

"Is that all there is? Is that all there is!"

Their recidivism convinced me during my searching days that their brand of Catholicism WAS NOT what I wanted to return to. I had enough of it as a kid. Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty that I am free at last!

18/8/05 17:02  
Blogger John Hearn said...

Jimmy, you're a perfict critic: I can always depend on you to be wrong.

18/8/05 17:07  
Blogger Jimmy Mac said...

Gee, thanks, John. I guess it is my vocation in life to ensure that you have something on which to depend.

However, you should really try what I depend on: Jesus Christ. But, that's OK, once you get over your fixation on me, you might go for the gusto.

18/8/05 17:20  
Blogger John Hearn said...

Well you'll always have that to fall back on! ;^)

18/8/05 17:34  
Blogger Jimmy Mac said...

Nope, John: not back on.

Forward to!

18/8/05 19:33  
Blogger Disgusted in DC said...

I suppose EWTN could be livened up by a "Point/Counterpoint" or Crossfire" like segment co-hosted by Rocco and Diogenes.

19/8/05 10:25  

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