The man, the motive, the media
By Phil Lawler | April 22, 2010 5:43 PM
What's unusual about this case, however, is that the lawsuit was filed only after the climate had been prepared, with a series of media attacks on the Pope. And those attacks began in earnest with a questionable New York Times story, for which the most important source was the same Jeffrey Anderson.
In other words, Anderson skilfully used the media to rouse negative publicity about the Pope, then capitalized by filing a lawsuit-- which, sure enough, garnered still more publicity.
What's truly fascinating is that in the several media accounts of the lawsuit that I read today, not one mentioned that Anderson the plaintiff's lawyer is also Anderson the media source. No reporter or editor evidently felt that it was relevant to let the public know that there is an obvious connection between the headlines and the lawsuit. The media continue playing along with the lawyer's game.
With acknowledgment to: Catholic Culture.org (April 23rd, 2010).
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