Well, hi again. It has been quite some time since my last posting. I could explain why but I will not - at least for now. What prompted this posting was the shabby reporting of the Modesto Bee. Yes, Ms. Nowicki is once again roaming all over the journalistic country side.
Here is the article:
Here is at least one rebuttal (this has not been posted since I am awaiting the renewing of my modebee account).
the Modesto Bee had an editorial page for this type of an article. The writer's
personal opinions are not to be insidiously inserted in the "news
article" the reporter has written. The opening line in the article begins
with "think FORGIVE, act". This neither opens the article nor does it
give insight into what this article is about. It clearly infers that the
current Anglican parishioners have to forgive something or someone. The second
paragraph further serves to editorialize by "including the words, 'Thou
are giving and forgiving ...'". The third paragraph explains the
reporter's indignation and at the same time sets the stage for "good guy
versus bad guy". The Anglican St. Francis Church are the good guys while
the big bad Episcopal Church is the bad guy.
paragraph, "the decision was made to return St. Francis and the historic
Red Church (Sonora), ... " The line infers that these two Anglican
parishes somehow own the buildings in which they held their services. Both
these (in fact all 40 of 47) buildings were taken over by the Anglican parishes
by right of occupancy. They were never paid for by the individuals nor the
Anglican Diocese headed up by Eric Menees. The Episcopal Church is simply
trying to regain that which was taken without recompense. And who among us
would not want to "sue" if a squatter occupied our home when we were
not looking and the squatter will not give it back?
paragraph is full of quotes from the Anglican Bishop from Fresno with NO
corresponding quotes from Bishop Talton, the Episcopal Bishop who rightly is
responsible for the property and as the Episcopal Bishop of San Joaquin is the
steward of all the Episcopal property. What reporter, seeking balance would not
goes on to share quotes from long standing Anglican parishioners about their
"home". The reporter failed to quote any of the long standing
Episcopal parishioners who grew up in that parish and were unceremoniously
thrown out of their building.
reporter goes on to quote the Anglican Bishop to say "Grace Anglican
Church ...will be a place where God is honored and glorified". As if to
say that when the Episcopal parish regains their rightful property these
parishioners will not honor and glorify God.
reporter goes on to quote Russ Rappley from Michigan (who joined the parish
only after the split the “Anglican” and the Episcopal diocese was completed,
and knows nothing of the Episcopal parish that was there) "it’s not the
way Christians should act". Again no balancing quote(s) from Kathy
Galatia, the current Vicar of St. Francis Episcopal Church. And, the quote
infers that what the Anglicans did by taking over the building is the Christian
thing to do!
several more unbalanced quotes by parishioners and story lines by the reporter
that predetermine what readers ought to think about this story.
I am greatly disappointed
by the biased reporting of this reporter. Even non-journalists know that the
"below the fold" ought to contain responses and reactions from (the
other side). Journalists are responsible
for who, what, why, where, when, and how.
The conclusions drawn from a dispassionate and unbiased article are
supposed to be the readers.
All I can say in conclusion is journalism has taken a "turn for the worst" to quote and Eagles song.
Personal note: best wishes to all my blogging friends.