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Poor pope coverage
|EDitor in NJ||
Posted - 3/3/2013 7:52:35 PM | show profile | email poster | flag this post
POOR POPE COVERAGE
Way too much inane ad-libs and dead-air during the lengthy, live-coverage of Pope Benedict's departure last Thursday Feb. 28th.
Especially evident on CBS... great video from the Vatican's 19-camera locations---really weak and uninformed commentary.
Scott Pelley must have said a dozen times: "This is the first pope to resign in 600-years"...followed by deadly silence.
Aren't anchors provided with historical background research anymore to talk over those inevitable pause-in-the-action spots?
What can we expect when the anchors are essentially doing voice-over commentary from 4,000-miles away?
Well at least ABC, CBS, NBC & FOX saved a lot of lire by not sending their big-guns overseas.
Hoping to end embarrassing dead air, here's some fun facts to use as "ad lib" material I found doing 10-minutes of research.
* The last pope to resign was Gregory XII who abdicated 77-years before Columbus discovered America--there were three popes at the time all claiming legitimacy. He resigned to help end the dispute, eventually the church picked a 4th man to end the impasse.
*It's called "The Vatican" because, according to tradition, the first pope, St. Peter, was crucified upside down and buried on Vatican Hill on the very site occupied by the Basilica today.
* The Swiss Guard...was founded in 1506. In the year 1577 147-out-of-189 died defending the pope against an attack by Emperor Charles V.
Even today the Swiss Guards are not
re-enactors dressed-up in colorful costumes, but actually highly trained soldiers proficient in military assault weapons.
Hope upcoming coverage is better.
Posted - 3/4/2013 11:57:50 AM | show profile | flag this post
Why Pelley may have been silent
Silence can be an act of reverence, especially in religious situations.
In fact, I'm almost led to guess Scott Pelley is Catholic. His CBS newscasts are giving this vacancy a lot more coverage than the others. And his closing story Thursday night comparing Benedict's departure by helicopter to Ascension Day may have given hard-core fundamentalist Protestants some chills.
Posted - 3/7/2013 2:31:46 AM | show profile | email poster | flag this post
There are 2 problems with the papal coverage when it comes to Pope Benedict's departure. 1. With the sex scandal in the Catholic church networks are probably hesitant to give much coverage. 2. They don't have enough knowledge of the Vatican or Vatican City, or the process of the Conclave. They should have leaned from 8 years ago when Pope John the II died and the last Conclave.
|EDitor in NJ||
Posted - 3/11/2013 2:56:11 PM | show profile | email poster | flag this post
Conclave coverage-stop repeating
I read that there are 5,000 "journalists" now credentialed to cover the conclave.
Of the ones that I've seen---never have so many, knowing so little, said so much.
The network reporters have been O-K...but the cable reporters and local NYC reporters they've sent are ding a terrible job.
They just keep saying the same s**t over and over.
"Conclave...sex scandal....cardinals walking...sex scandal....can an American be elected?...sex scandal...Cardinal Dolan of New York very popular but probably doesn't stand a chance...sex scandal."
Admittably covering an event that is mostly kept secret is hard.
As I've said: doesn't anyone feed the anchors and reporters with background material any more??
Here's some great trivia I found with five minutes of research...if reporters could tell us about stuff like this we wouldn't have to listen to all that repeated crap....
LONGEST CONCLAVE: In 1268, a conclave began that lasted nearly three years — 33 months to be exact. Pope Gregory X was elected pope, but not before residents of Viterbo, north of Rome, tore the roof off the building where the cardinals were staying and restricted their meals to bread and water to make them hurry up. Hoping to avoid a repeat, Gregory decreed in 1274 that cardinals would only get one meal a day if the conclave stretched beyond three days, and served bread, water and wine if it went beyond eight. While the meals served these days at the Vatican’s hotel are by no means gourmet, the cardinals won’t go hungry — no matter how long they take picking a pope.
SHORTEST CONCLAVE: Before 1274, there were times when a pope was elected the same day as the death of his predecessor. After that, however, the church decided to wait at least 10 days before the first vote; later that was stretched to 15 days to give all cardinals time to get to Rome. The quickest conclave observing the 10-day wait rule appears to have been the 1503 election of Julius II, who was elected in just a few hours, according to Vatican historian Ambrogio Piazzoni.
Posted - 3/11/2013 5:40:11 PM | show profile | flag this post
And don't forget....
the Catholic prophet of old, who indicated this will be the last. Pope. Ever.