The Press Protects the Obama Administration With Subtle Tactics, Too

Blatant favoritism for the President is not the sole strategy of his friends in journalism.  The pro-Obama segment of the press (i.e. the majority) seems to know that when the mistruths are too obvious, they can establish instant battle lines which are less likely to hoodwink the unsuspecting.  Conversely, the subtle may accomplish more toward the news media’s goal of projecting a creatively positive image for an Administration whose actions are anything but admirable.

Key issues can be simply ignored or, better yet, printed where they are less likely to be seen.  In that way, it can be said that the story was reported – even though it was essentially invisible.

A recent case occurred in the Kentucky Enquirer (sister to the Cincinnati Enquirer).  The Benghazi hearings began on May 8th with the expected party line split regarding its anticipation.  Those in favor of the Administration were trying to minimize any expectation that serious wrong-doing would be exposed.  Meanwhile, their opponents were convinced that evidence of willful, or at least negligent, fatal decisions would finally come out.

The ramifications of this issue are important enough to warrant everyone’s attention.  The nation must know definitively whether or not those in positions of authority were doing the right things both on 9/11/2012 and the months leading up to it.  Accountability is the key to preventing future tragedies.

So what was the headline on the front page of the May 9th edition of the Kentucky Enquirer?  — none other than “Feeling Stressed Today?” with colorful red and white emphasis.1  The sub-heading mentioned that “Kentucky has all the ingredients that can lead up to a nice raging case of stress,” but that the area “makes for a really, really, really, good place to retire. [Page A6]”  That’s nice.

Where was the article on the Benghazi hearings?2 … On the bottom of Page A3 — and next to two small ads, one about used cars and the other on replacement windows.  Everyone knows that topics of great importance are to be placed next to cosmetic surgery and male enhancement ads.

 

1 – The Enquirer changed its format two months ago to include “more bold graphics.”  (in order to distract readers of its reduced emphasis on covering issues of substance?)
2 – “Ex-diplomat tells of Benghazi attack,” by Donna Cassata of the Associated Press, Kentucky Enquirer, 5/9/2013

On the 50th Anniversary of My First Holy Communion

How the anniversaries can sneak up on us!  Looking back on that May 12, 1963 in Corpus Christi Church in suburban Cincinnati, I remembered feeling happy for my parents as well.  Even for a first-born, it was probably odd for me as an 8-year old to be taking in the moment for what it meant to them as well.  The magnitude of the event was certainly not lost on me that day!

Much has happened in the succeeding half-century.  I have gone from being a third grader with two younger sisters to being the patriarch of the U.S. branch of the family (my Colombian father died in 1995) with three children in their twenties.  Reviewing my life as a son, then as a father to my current point in life leaves me with mixed feelings.

The same can be said for our United States.  There has been some progress in areas of social justice, but a majority of our accomplishments have been technological.  Just over six months after my big day in May of ’63, President Kennedy was killed.  Five years later, Dr. King and the President’s brother Bobby were also assassinated.  Since then our abundantly blessed nation has spiraled into the current post-Christian era where moral relativism is dominant.  Technology is the darling, wisdom the neglected child.

Fortunately for humanity, some things remain steadfast and unchangingly true.  One of these is the Real Presence of Christ in the sacrament of the Eucharist.

We can choose from a number of Scripture verses to confirm this in addition to the fact that this sacrament was understood by the disciples to be His Body and Blood from the moment Christ instituted it on that original Holy Thursday.1

1)  The words of Jesus at the Last Supper2,3

2)  The Bread of Life Discourse  when, for the only time, some of His followers left Him because they knew He was not speaking symbolically about eating His flesh and drinking His blood.4,5

3)   St. Paul’s warning to treat the Eucharist with the utmost respect, something not befitting a mere symbol.6

Humanity’s spiritual decline can be reversed before it leads to inevitable ruin.  My fervent wish is that all Christians may someday be reunified in the faith handed down by Christ.  What greater way to start than by understanding and appreciating one of His greatest gifts: His body and blood, available to us daily!

 

1 – (All of the quoted verses are taken from “The New Catholic Answer Bible,” Fireside Catholic Publishing, Wichita, KS, 2005 with the exception of footnote #5)  “For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night He was handed over, took bread, and after He had given thanks, broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.’  In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood.  Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’  For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until He comes.”  (1 Corinthians 11: 23-26)  [Item #3 continues with some following verses in footnote #6]

2 – “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to His disciples said, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’  Then He took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.’”  (Matthew 26: 26-28)

3 – “Then He took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.’”  (Luke 22:19)

4 – excerpts include:  “’I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.’  The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us [his] flesh to eat?’  Jesus said to them, ’Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.  Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood will have eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.’”…  “Then many of His disciples who were listening said, ‘this saying is hard; who can accept it?’” …  “As a result of this, many [of] His disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied Him.”  (John 6: 51-54, 60, 66)
Fr. Kevin Fete: “This is the only time that I can recall in the Gospel accounts when we have people walking away as a group from Jesus Christ.”  Dr. Ray Guarendi: “You’re absolutely right.  It IS the only time.”  Fr. Fete: “Now there is the story about the rich man who doesn’t want to separate himself from his things, and he walks away sadly.”  Dr. Guarendi:  “But he wasn’t a follower.”  (Episode 5 in “What Catholics Really Believe,” Nineveh’s Crossing, Novi, MI, 2010)

5 – Dr. Guarendi: “’This IS my body,’ not, ‘This represents my body.’… not, ‘This symbolizes my body.’  He didn’t say, ‘Do this in memory of me,’ because He means it’s a memorial meal.  John is saying, ‘No, no, no, no, no.  Anybody who’s got doubts about this, let me rehammer this home.” … Later in this episode, Dr. Guarendi:  “’It is the spirit that gives life, while flesh is of no avail.  The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.’ (John 6:63)  So some say, ‘See, He wasn’t speaking literally, He was speaking symbolically… ‘Spirit’ never means “symbol” in Scripture, does it?  When you say, ‘The words are spirit,’ there’s no place in Scripture where ‘spirit’ is ever translated as ‘symbol.’  Spirit is real.”  (Ibid.)

6 – “Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord.  A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup.  For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself.”  (1 Corinthians 11: 27-29)