Steve Bainbridge has some early reactions to the election of German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as the new Pope. He would love the coverage at CNN. The "reaction" story from New York was hilariously negative. According to CNN's reporter on the scene, almost no one is happy about the selection. The reporter spoke with a Jewish woman who was concerned about Ratzinger's youthful ties to the Nazis, and Catholics who are worried about being further marginalized for their liberal views. The coverage from Los Angeles was slightly more positive, with the reporter characterizing the mood as "cautiously optimistic," but noting some disappointment that Benedict will not be a "more liberal" Pope. The CNN reporting from the Vatican has a much different flavor. Euphoria reigns and God's hands are said to be manifest in the selection.
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1. Posted by Scott Moss on April 19, 2005 @ 22:54 | Permalink
While it's likely CNN exaggerated -- "man on the street" interviews always are laughably results-oriented -- I think they selected their interviewees (the unhappy Americans and the elated Europeans) based on an accurate perception that there's a substantial schism between American and European Catholics. See, e.g., the Vatican's rejection of the American cardinals' "zero tolerance" sex abuse policy.
On the plus side, I really enjoyed Joseph Ratzinger in his earlier career as an actor playing Cliff on Cheers.