ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos has given $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, charitable contributions that he did not publicly disclose while reporting on the Clintons or their nonprofit organization, the On Media blog has learned.—Politico
Among the more notable revelations to come out of (Peter) Schweizer's research is the relationship between the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One, a former Canadian mining company that was taken over by Russia in 2013 with U.S. government approval. From 2009 through 2013, Uranium One’s chairman donated $2.35 million to the Clinton Foundation.—ibid.
See also: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/15/us/politics/george-stephanopoulos-discloses-gifts-to-clinton-foundation.html?_r=0
Little do journalists realize that the reason we in the West have laws and constitutions protecting freedom of the press is that our nations have been guided by a Christian moral compass. Democracy, imagined and implemented by America's founding fathers, for example, can only work if the population understands and practices Christian morality, for without a Christian heart there can be no constitutional 'head' in a nation. After priests, poets and musicians, the press will be the next group to be persecuted in a nation without a Christian moral compass to ensure its constitutional moral principles will be respected.
So then, journalists—be careful that your actions do not help to rob citizens of their religious freedom. Freedom of religion is the canary in the democratic coal mine.
FYI: the United Church of Canada as an institution may not be considered an ally among authentic religious bodies since it has long established itself as the religious front for the New Democratic Party (The Collapse of the Liberal Church by Margaret Wente, Globe & Mail, 2012), among other secular progressivist agendas, that attempt to marginalize Catholics, Evangelicals, Muslims, Sikhs and "conservative" social movements.
Bologna, Italy, Mar 13, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The confessional is one of the most private and privileged places in the world. So when an Italian journalist violated the bond of trust between penitent and priest, the Archbishop of Bologna decried her “grave lack of respect” for all Catholics.Laura Alari writes for Quotidiano Nazionale, which is headquartered in Bologna. She authored a series of four articles in the newspaper which disclosed the responses of priests in the area when she approached them under the pretext of seeking Confession.
Alari went to Confession several times, inventing delicate issues for herself: she pretended to be a lesbian mother asking to baptize her daughter; a woman who cohabitates with her same-sex partner; and a divorced and civilly remarried woman who receives Communion every Sunday.
She then reported the responses of priests when they heard her “confessions.”
Cardinal Carlo Caffarra of Bologna responded with a statement March 11: “In bewilderment at the incident and with a soul wounded by a profound sorrow, I mean to reiterate that these articles objectively constitute a grave offense against the truth of Confession, a sacrament of the Christian faith.”
Journalists should have little cause for doubt why public opinion about the media is decidedly negative when reporters routinely engage in misrepresentation or sensationalism to gain an editorial advantage over competing journalists. The movie The Nightcrawler (2014) starring Jake Gyllenhaal provides a disturbing reminder of the power of the media and the potential for great good or, as in the case of the creepy videographer portrayed by Gyllenhaal, the great threat to journalistic integrity by individuals and organizations with little moral aptitude and little appreciation for the harmful consequences of their actions. Gyllenhaal ably portrays a violent individual who skillfully manipulates crime scenes and literally eliminates his competition to further his career and power over the news.
The suspension of NBC News anchor Brian Williams (NYTimes, Brian Williams Suspended From NBC for 6 Months Without Pay) is hardly the only case of journalistic malfeasance. The antics of Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair, Janet Cooke, Jack Kelley, Judith Miller, Jonah Lehrer, Michael Finkel and many others confirm decades of impropriety by media organizations and journalists. While forgiveness should be granted to the penitent, the damage done to society is serious and lasting. Every shabby report affects real lives for decades. Sadly, there is little that can be done to undo the effects of bad journalism once it is released into the media ether.
A very recent example of terrible journalism which was quickly identified, Sabrina Erdely is the journalist whose Rolling Stone article on a major sexual assault case involving a fraternity at the University of Virginia makes our number one. She took a hot button issue, slapped a case of one-sided and biased “investigating” on it and sent it off for publishing.
Since being published in November of 2014, it has been called one of the worst pieces of reporting of the year and has been widely criticized for misrepresenting the case, the issue and leaving a University’s reputation tarnished, along with the fraternities, clubs and students of the school. While other cases of poor reporting or absolute storytelling may be more blatant, Erdely used one of the issues that must be reported with the utmost honesty and diligence and fabricated parts of the situation while omitting others.—Chris Langton.
When the media cannot nor will not represent the facts with precision, fair-minded people will abandon the purchase of newspapers and online news services and simply avoid the mainstream media that more and more are resembling their formerly distant trashy tabloid cousins. The behaviour of individuals representing the mainstream media—national, regional, local, college—can and should be derided as an obstacle to creating an informed populace. As long as media organizations and individual journalists engage in cheap editorializing, rumour mongering and the uncritical selective adoption of political enterprises, society will be mired in useless controversy and partisanship.
4. For the proper use of these media it is most necessary that all who employ them be acquainted with the norms of morality and conscientiously put them into practice in this area. They must look, then, to the nature of what is communicated, given the special character of each of these media. At the same time they must take into consideration the entire situation or circumstances, namely, the persons, place, time and other conditions under which communication takes place and which can affect or totally change its propriety. Among these circumstances to be considered is the precise manner in which a given medium achieves its effect. For its influence can be so great that men, especially if they are unprepared, can scarcely become aware of it, govern its impact, or, if necessary, reject it.—Inter Mirifica, Decree on the Media of Social Communications, PP Paul VI, 1963.
7. Finally, the narration, description or portrayal of moral evil, even through the media of social communication, can indeed serve to bring about a deeper knowledge and study of humanity and, with the aid of appropriately heightened dramatic effects, can reveal and glorify the grand dimensions of truth and goodness. Nevertheless, such presentations ought always to be subject to moral restraint, lest they work to the harm rather than the benefit of souls, particularly when there is question of treating matters which deserve reverent handling or which, given the baneful effect of original sin in men, could quite readily arouse base desires in them.—ibid.