In the face of a firestorm of internet complaints The Washington Post joins CBS in apologizing for their terrible coverage of the March for Life. Ombudsman Patrick Pexton says that the Washington Post gave an “incomplete picture” of the March for Life in both its print story and online photo gallery. Pexton writes that the Post “fell down” in its coverage of the March by failing to include any photos in the gallery that conveyed the magnitude or the “festiveness” of the pro-life crowd, instead focusing on the confrontations between a small group of pro-abortion counter protesters and passing pro-lifers on the steps of the Supreme Court.
The apology was somewhat restrained however as the ombudsman continued that the Post’s Director of Photography Michel du Cille disagrees with the criticisms of pro-lifers. “We can never please this crowd. We try for fairness to show both sides,” du Cille told Pexton. Apparently, focusing all media attention on counter-protesters and failing to illustrate the magnitude of the protest is what passes for fair news coverage today. How silly of me; of course its the pro-life crowd who’s being unreasonable.
Over on the Distributist Review they have a great article by G.K. Chesterton on the seriousness of salads or, more specifically, salad dressing. Its a humorous and insightful piece that addresses the bland uniformity of corporatism as evidenced by commercial salad dressings and offers a distributist alternative. I found the following excerpt to be one of the deeper and funnier parts:
Men differed in the excellence of the salads they made; but they also differed about which salads were excellent. Such was the weakness of Fallen Man that many were found to prefer their own salads; but anyhow they were their own salads. And when we have seen that, we have seen the horrid significance of the bottle of salad-dressing. By the new system, salads will be like convicts or American ladies. They will be all dressed alike.
I’ve been giving a lot of thought recently towards various economic theories and how each may reflect human nature (or don’t as I think the case may often be) and, more specifically, masculinity. Not that I have anything against the ladies but, as a guy, I’m more concerned with the masculine aspects as they relate directly to how I live and perceive the world. More will follow on this train of thought in the future, I’m sure.
Finally, thanks to Acts of the Apostasy for sharing the idea of 3 1/2 Time-Out Tuesday. Maybe next week I’ll be a little better at this.