Sunday, April 24, 2005
So rather than just shut up and let the images speak for themselves, almost all of the news stations have been broadcasting an endless stream of reporter-babble during these past few weeks while covering the changes in leadership at the Vatican. And it must be hard to fill so much time with speech when you really don’t have much to say, so it’s understandable when the talking heads say something odd. These are quotations as best as I can remember them, so they may not be 100% verbatim — but they capture the spirit of a few of the better comments uttered during the Papal coverage this month.
(I’ll add more if I hear any.)
“The Pope was exactly like an American, loving of all people and very humble.” - Someone on CNN, April 1st (during the “John Paul’s dead!” false alarm). (Have you heard? We’re as humble as the Pope! Humbler, even. The humblest! EVER.)
“That’s the money-shot right there.” - Wolf Blitzer looks forward to the next pornocracy as he describes the scene of the new Pope Benedict XVI walking out onto the balcony for the first time on April 19th.
“There’s symbolism all over the place down there.” - A CBS reporter describes St. Peters during the Papal “Inauguration” on April 24th.
“Selectively ignore the laws of your country.” - Pope Benedict XVI. (Well, I’m paraphrasing. And I know — he’s not a television journalist. But his brand of firey conservatism would work great!)
Anyway. Enough silliness.
I'm Josh Knowles, a technology developer/consultant on a variety of mobile, social media, and gaming projects. I founded and lead Frescher-Southern, Ltd. I grew up in Austin, Texas and currently live in New York City.
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