Tsunamis of information and misinformation inundate us every day through print, broadcast, and social media, more than anyone can possibly wade through. Dealing with any of it intelligently requires a lot of connecting of dots, with not enough help from the media. Let’s look at a few examples.
On January 18, the annual “March for Life” in Washington, D.C., hit the news with a somewhat garbled story about an incident involving a Native American demonstrator and some kids from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky, many of whom were wearing red Trump MAGA caps. For days, the media flooded the country with mixed messages about what actually happened. But if we connect the dots, the picture emerges of a private sectarian high school letting kids forego classes for a day and transporting them to Washington to participate in a demonstration against women’s rights of conscience and religious liberty regarding abortion. There were no reports on how many other Catholic high schools sent kids to Washington, though the practice seems to be extensive and years old.
Now to connect more dots. The sending of the kids to Washington was sanctioned by the Catholic bishops, the same guys who in the larger scheme of things tolerated and covered up many years of clergy sexual abuse of untold thousands of minors, the same hierarchs who for decades have been pushing for government, national and state, to compel all taxpayers to support their (and other religions’) special-interest private schools through vouchers and tax credits.