Andrew Brown reflects on coverage of the
assisted dying debate, including a piece from the Bishop of
Worcester for The Guardian
Press: SO THE mountain laboured and
brought forth - a hamster, maybe? The difficult thing for the
national presss about the women-bishops story was to comprehend the
motives of the opponents, and the politicking behind it.
Press: A SERIES of exchanges
in The Guardian showed - quite unintentionally -
why the debate on assisted suicide will be lost, and how.
Press: THE news that Jesus would have
supported gay marriage among the clergy came to us from Sir Elton
John, a man with excellent celebrity contacts. It made the front
page of Metro.
Press: THE best sense I have read about
"faith schools" and the supposed "Trojan horse" plot was actually
in The New York Times, where Kenan Malik stripped it
down to essentials. It was not so much that he made any new points,
but he left out all the inessential ones.
Press: CONFUSING news out of Rome.
According to The Times, "Church rift is a scandal,
admits Pope". According to Google Translate, applied to a Spanish
newspaper report, "Francis Pope" said: "The secession of a nation
must be taken with tweezers,"
Press: TWO things this week to illustrate
how little facts count against the power of story. The first and
most egregious is the claim that 800 babies' corpses had been
disposed of in a septic tank behind a home for fallen women run by
nuns in Ireland.
Press: The lack of interest shown by the
daily papers in live Christians has been vividly shown by the
defenestration of Ruth Gledhill from The Times, but
it still was a shock to find how easy it is for dead ones to make
the front of the Telegraph.
Press: TWO fascinating pieces about the
Middle East this week, illustrating two entirely different modes of
Press: THERE is a kind of perfection to which
all press releases aspire but few attain. A true master will avoid
any trace of novelty or substance, since either will clog the airy
splendour of self-affirmation, just as egg yolk clogs attempts to
whip up whites into apparent substance. Complete vacuity combined
with self-promotion really isn't easy.
Press: THE TIMES has
abolished the post of Religious Affairs Correspondent, and with it,
its incumbent, Ruth Gledhill. It is tempting to say that this is
the first time it has happened since the Reformation, but, as so
often, that turns out to be not quite true.