I'd started with what the Vatican Secretary of State had to say about Vatileaks. I see his point, but think what looks like organization may be a combination of bias, unquestioned assumptions, and deadlines.
I think it's at least as likely that the appearance of an organized attack is just that: appearance.
Please bear with me: what's next relates to the Cardinal and Vatileaks; although I'm starting with something that's more familiar to me: American news media.
I've discussed 'media bias' in America before. (November 4, 2011, April 1, 2010)
I don't think that American editors are:
- Minions of some evil mastermind
- Involved in a collective conspiracy
- To subvert the conscience of America
It's possible for a group of people to act as if they're 'organized,' when they believe they're working independently - and in fact are not part of a consciously-organized unit.
September 2, 2011; Another War-on-Terror Blog (December 22, 2008, October 21, 2008))
I've discussed information gatekeepers, the folks in a society who can decide what the others see and hear, before. (November 15, 2010) Also what passes for 'academic freedom' in American colleges and universities. (April 6, 2012, August 3, 2009)
Back in the 'good old days,' if the editors of The New York Times didn't think something was suitable for publication - the odds were that the rest of America's newspapers wouldn't cover the story, either. No conspiracy: just a mix of time zones; deadline pressure; and assumptions.
Network television news gave American a new way to get news. But the three - or four, counting PBS - networks were still run by the 'better sort' in the New York City and Los Angeles area.
The format was different, but it was the same little circle of 'intelligent' folks showing the rest of us their version of the world.
I've gotten the impression that some folks who earned those editor's desks didn't get the memo: it isn't 1965 any more.
On the other hand, I lived in a country where I constantly met other folks who didn't share my assumptions and opinions. That gave me opportunities to think about what I believe, and test my assumptions.
Not everybody has those opportunities. What if:
- I'd bought into assumptions and values that were new and exciting
- 40 years ago
- Everybody I'd known since I graduated assumed that
- America is the source of the world's problems
- The Catholic Church kills people by saying that
- Having sex with random strangers is a bad idea
- Letting babies live is a good idea
I think it's arguable that the apparent organization behind Vatileaks attacks can be explained by today's rapid communication, and news media's willingness to use new technology. Leaders of Europe's news media may be cooperating in an attack on the Church. But this may just be Europe's analog to America's traditional anti-Catholicism, made more efficient by contemporary technology.
- " 'Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain:' The Pope in Spain"
(November 11, 2010)
- "Cultural Chaos, Divisiveness, and CNN"
(April 1, 2010)
- "Pedophile Priests, 'Evil Pope' and The New York Times"
(March 31, 2010)
- "'Pope blasts capitalism' - but Keep Reading"
(July 17, 2009)
- "The Pope, Angola, and the News: No Wonder 'Everybody Knows' What Those Catholics Are Like"
(March 22, 2009)