Friday, March 15, 2013

The new pope on tv

The election of a new pope is worldwide news and it is important news for many people and deserves coverage by all general media.

However, did we really need nine minutes of pope news as the lead story on ABC tv news?

I don't think so.

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  1. Oh but we do! What do we want? World peace. When do we want it? Any time soon?

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    1. Since the pope influences the hearts, minds and behaviour of such a large minority of the world's population, we DO need to know everything!

      The trouble is the timing...it will take some time to test his values and priorities. In the meantime, news broadcasts can only talk about his family or his old bishopric, giving a bit of background colour.

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    2. Ok Hels. I don't need to know so much. As you say, it will take time to learn of his values and priorities.

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  2. Nope. And did we need FOUR HOURS from the BBC? Nope. However, we had a friend over for dinner and with a glass or wine or three it was a fun background to mock. The only highlight was the seagull sitting on the chimney!

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    1. Four hours sounds excessive Kath. For all the wonderful programs it makes, the Beeb can be very boring at times.

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  3. I agree, nine minutes sounds a tad too long. Sadly, we are unlikely to hear much about the important things Hels has listed.

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    1. FC, it must have been a light news day too.

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  4. I saw the white smoke and said woo-hoo, a new Pope, then I switched to dvd and watched Ghostbusters.

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    1. Haha River. There is a connection.

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  5. We didn't need 4 hours on Dutch TV either. But it happened. I did love the seagull on the chimney. Tomorrow the pope will have smoked gull for dinner.

    In other news, he's just as conservative as the rest, so the LGBT community will hear from him soon.

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    1. Peter, pity I missed the seagull. So from what you have heard, he is conservative.

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  6. Oh, see, another good reason not to watch telly!

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  7. 9 mins is excessive, glad I missed it. did see the seagull online and worried he would get smoke inhalation which is very painful.
    Bet George Pell is sulking.

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    1. Ann, surely the gull flew away? The preposterous Pell is covering his disappointment well.

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  8. It hasn't taken long for the dirt to emerge or at least be claimed. This morning there are allegations he didn't do enough to protect priests against the excesses of former Argentine regimes. Does anyone, even a pope, have a blameless past?

    Popes and royalty are being treated like hollywood celebrities nowadays attracting all manner of magazine style coverage.

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    1. Victor, the Catholic Church seems to have gone along with ruling regimes, good or bad, so it is no surprise that it is riddled with fleas after lying with some real dogs.

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  9. A lot has been going on out of sight in the Holy City. I don't mean to sound rude or crass but in my opinion there are simply too many on the Papal payroll. Power corrupts and here it seems out of control. I suspect the former Pope knew what was going on and with grace declined his position. Call me a fool or whatever but this Religion needs a shake up from top to bottom. Being Agnostic, I respect peoples views but I need to see it to believe it and I haven't seen too many modern day "water into wine" miracles of late. Kind regards.

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    1. Essentially I agree with you. The Catholic Church is so, so rich!

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  10. It was amusing for a minute. Then boring. A load of hocus pocus and corruption.

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    1. Diane, subsequently we have seen the sickening adoration by journalists at a press conference. What hope is there for any investigative reporting?

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