Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bishop Tobin badgered in lecture billed as interview on MSNBC's Hardball

MSNBC billed it as a Chris Matthew's interview of Bishop Tobin over the Patrick Kennedy matter.  It turned out to be a badgering lecture cloaked, as well as a Klingon warship, as an interview.

What happened to the days when dignified, professional journalists like Tim Russert would ask a question, then sit back and let the person answer?  A true interview will involve very few words for the interviewer in contrast to what the person interviewed will offer. 

Using the transcript from MSNBC, I filtered the word count for Chris Matthews, then Bishop Tobin.  Chris Matthews spoke about 1530 words and Bishop Tobin managed to get in just over 700.   It was disgraceful and insulting to the intelligence of viewers, as well as to the bishop.

Bill O'Reilly was suppose to have Bishop Tobin on tonight at 8:00 (re-airs at 11:00), but I missed it.  I'm sure we will pick that up on YouTube, as well, tomorrow.

Here is the interview interrogation:

Here is an interview that CNN did which, although imperfect, was an interview which gave the bishop a chance to speak:

EDIT:  Here is a good read over at Catholic News Agency

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Mary said...

It is abundantly clear, that the good Bishop is filled with the peace of the Holy Spirit of God, and our poor lapsed-Catholic brother, Mr. Matthews is being led by the nose by a spirit of another kind. Pray for them, for all our bishops and priests, and for the return of all fallen-away Catholics to the practice of their Faith! "O, Blood and Water which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a Fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You."

Deacon Pat said...

Fr. Reese resigned after seven years as the editor of America due to pressure from the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Over a period of five years, the congregation objected to various editorial decisions made by Reese concerning certain issues addressed in the magazine, notably priestly celibacy and the ordination of women. Following his resignation, Reese spent a year-long sabbatical at Santa Clara University before being named a fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center in Washington, D.C.

Diane M. Korzeniewski, OCDS said...

Thanks for the notes on Fr. Reese. I was aware of these things, but many readers may not be.

It's unfortunate that the secular media cannot avoid him and get a theologian who has the mind of the Church.

It's like asking a vegetarian to provide commentary on a dish of prime-rib.