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Politico vs. the Catholic Bishops

David Rogers, a reporter for Politico, slams the Catholic bishops repeatedly in this story. He opens: “Thirty-three years ago this fall, a bitter, race-tinged fight over abortion matched Roman Catholic bishops and the House against the nation’s first popularly elected black senator, Republican Ed Brooke of Massachusetts.” No, he never comes back to explain what the heck he’s talking about. We’re just left with the impression that the bishops are hostile to blacks. 

Rogers resumes: “Now, with health care reform on the line, the same male-dominated church hierarchy is dictating to the first woman speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi. . .” At this point, I assumed I was reading an op-ed by a pro-choice activist–but the piece certainly isn’t labeled as such.

Later we hear that “[t]he political reality is the anti-abortion movement has largely succeeded in Washington by applying Hyde restrictions to what are captive populations reliant on the government.”

I’m surprised Rogers didn’t use “anti-choice” in his copy, or bring up the clerical sex scandals.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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