In an ABC News story by its Rome correspondent Martin Seemungal, Pope Benedict XVI was compared to an attack dog -- the Rottweiler -- during Seemungal's extraordinarily biased coverage of the Muslim uprising over the Pontiff's recent comments. At first reading, I had to remind myself I wasn't on the Al-Jazeera News website.
ABC News said: "Pope Benedict, nicknamed "God's Rottweiler" because of his conservative views, staked out a much harder line right from the beginning." Of course, ABC's reporter doesn't reveal to the reader who gave Benedict that name -- denizens of liberal-left newsrooms, that's who. If conservative views make you a Rottweiler, what do liberal views make you? A French Poodle?
Can one imagine ABC News reporters calling one of the top Islamic holy men "Allah's Doberman?" Not those cowards. They'd hide under their beds at the first sign of Muslim hostility directed at them.
In a decidedly biased report, the ABC reporter said, "Up until now it has been difficult to make comparisons between Benedict and his charismatic and immensely popular predecessor, John Paul II. But with the crises growing, Benedict is being harshly criticized for destroying the goodwill John Paul built during his 27 year papacy."
Seemungal fails to mention who said Benedict destroyed Pope John Paul's "goodwill" and insinuates that Benedict lacks John Paul's charisma. Pope John Paul was a great Pontiff, but charismatic? Oh, I get it -- if liberal newsmen like you, then you're charismatic.
He also fails to describe the goodwill that's been lost, since the violence against Christians by Muslims started well before John Paul's death. (Mr. Seemungal, violence against Christians by Muslims is not a new phenomenon, its just that you and your colleagues don't cover it.)
Seemungal mentions a man named Marco Politi and describes him as an author and "longtime" Vatican watcher to back up his assertions without informing the reader that Politi is a left-wing journalist who's worked in the past with journalists such as famed Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein. While Bernstein had "Deep Throat" inside the US government, Politi's man on the inside of the Vatican is "Deep Doo-Doo."
Then the reporter informs the ABC website viewers exactly how the Pope "lost" the goodwill toward Muslims and Muslim nations:
"In Germany last August, he challenged Muslim leaders in the city of Cologne to condemn any link between your faith and terrorism. Benedict has also protested against the treatment of Christians in Muslim countries. He has called on governments in the Islamic world to allow Christians the same freedoms to practice their faith that Muslims are afforded in the West."
Oh. So that caused him to lose goodwill? If they're treating Christians as they do -- with intolerance and brutality -- how is that goodwill? Only liberals would call that goodwill. (And they want to be in charge of national security?)
In one section of his coverage for ABC, titled, "No Casual Slip, Pope's Critic Says," one discovers the "critic" is the director of the American Muslim Perspective; hardly an unbiased observer.
Seemungal then quotes the AMP director as saying, "Unlike the late Pope John Paul II, Benedict does not approve of joint prayers with Muslims. He is also skeptical of the value of inter-religious dialogue."
Remember that this Kumbaya view is advocated by left-wing ideologues who don't believe in the Bible and certainly aren't fans of Christianity.
Then Seemungal digs up yet another liberal-left scholar, Gian Enrico Rusconi a professor at Turin University, who says he believes right now what counts most is what people in the Muslim world think. The ABC reporter then decides to quote Rusconi from his editorial in La Stampa, saying Rusconi painted a grim picture and talked about an "irreversible break not only in relations between Islam and the Catholic Church but also of the very image of the Pope in the West."
Seemungal and Rusconi must have been traveling through other parts of the Solar System to have missed what people in the Muslim world think: Death to America; Death to Israel; and Death to the Infidels. While that may be important to know, it surely doesn't count for much. And as far as Pope Benedict's image, most clear-thinking Americans are still scratching their heads over the fact that Muslims became violent and destructive because a religious leader said they were violent and destructive.
Then Seemungal quotes an AP article: The head of Turkey's foreign affairs committee, Mehmet Dulger, told The Associated Press: "[The Pope's] trip will provide a window of opportunity to rephrase what he said, to show that he does not accept the negative stereotypes of Islam often found in the Western world."
How will that be achieved? With the Pope wearing a blindfold and earplugs no doubt. The same kind that members of the Democrat Party wear ... as well as reporters with ABC News.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for a number of organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. He writes for many police and crime magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer, Campus Law Enforcement Journal, and others. He's appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com, Booksamillion.com, and can be ordered at local bookstores. Kouri holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice and master of arts in public administration and he's a board certified protection professional.