Check out the language adopted by the Associated Press to describe the outrage among Catholics about Notre Dame’s invitation to President Obama:
Many Catholics are angered by Obama’s planned appearance at the May 17 ceremony because of his decisions to provide federal funding for embryonic stem cell research and international family planning groups that provide abortions or educate about the procedure.
The consensus Thursday on the campus of the nation’s largest Catholic university was that any president should be welcomed at Notre Dame.
“People are definitely entitled to their outrage, but I think the main thing is to see that it’s an honor to have the president of the United States come to speak here whether you agree with him or not,” said Katie Woodward, a political science junior from Philadelphia.
Justin Mack, a senior film major from Dallas, agreed.
“I didn’t vote for him and there are a lot of things I don’t agree with him or support. But I feel like for this event people need to put that aside,” said Mack, a senior film major from Dallas. “My hope is that doesn’t distract too much from what the weekend is about, which is the graduation.”
But the distractions have been mounting, including sharply worded letters from two bishops.
See how they take the word of a student and then repeat it as their own. In that way, the reporter can just say they were simply using the words of an interview. But putting that quote there is what makes the reporter able to do label the bishop’s letters “distractions.”
We don’t even get any Catholics upset about the invitation until much further down in the piece.
And while I’m not saying that the consensus on campus is against Obama’s presence, how does the reporter verify that statement. How many people did the reporter speak with? That’s just thrown in there and we’re supposed to take the reporter’s word for it?
And here’s the ending of the piece which worries me to no end about the state of Catholic education:
Chris Carrington, a political science major from the Chicago area, said he doesn’t see how Obama’s appearance at Notre Dame contradicts Catholic values.
“To not allow someone here because of their beliefs seems a little hypocritical and contradictory to what the mission of the university and church should be,” he said.
Commence pulling out your hair now.
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