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February 26, 2005

God's own living avatar = shameless liar?

Isn't anyone else noticing the screaming cognitive dissonance between what the Vatican is saying about the Pope and what's really happening? I haven't encountered a single report that doesn't state unquestioningly, with a straight face, that the Pontiff is suffering from "flu." Jeez, of all the times when we really could use some scare quotes, and now they won't touch 'em.

What kind of flu rebounds after a month? What kind of flu requires a tracheotomy? Answer: No kind of flu. To be very charitable and credulous, we might speculate that the Pope is suffering from complications from influenza, perhaps pneumonia or a bronchial infection.

Why do the media refuse to acknowledge that the Vatican is flat-out lying? At least there was some skepticism about the reports of Arafat's condition being "stable." (Verrrry stable.) At least those reports were usually prefaced by, "According to Palestinian Authority spokesman so-and-so...."

This is the kind of whitewash you'd expect from the PA, or the USSR. But I think Catholics deserve far better than to be baldly lied to by the very authority that's supposed to serve as their moral guide. I believe Catholics can face the truth about the Pope's condition, whatever it is; I wonder why the Vatican can't?

As it is, every time I hear that the Pope is "resting comfortably" or "serene," I think of mourners commenting on the corpse at an open-coffin funeral. In fact, hmm... I wonder if he is already "stable"?

Update: Seems Ken Wheaton has noticed the same thing. Whew. It always makes me nervous when I'm the only damn person to notice something, and it seems to happen more and more often.

Posted by EtherPundit at February 26, 2005 12:28 PM   Category: Current Affairs


Don't you know? In Vatican-speak the Pope is well until he's dead. There is no in-between.

Posted by: mary at February 26, 2005 09:02 PM

Sigh... I suppose Catholics are used to the Vatican spin. My main point is really: Why do the media uncritically report these patent, blatant lies? A reporter who says with a straight face that "the flu" lasts for months and requires a tracheotomy is just not doing his job. At the very least qualify it by saying that's the Vatican's version of events, not necessarily reality.

Every time I think my expectations of the media can't get any lower, down they go again.

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