Monday, January 30, 2012

Katrina vanden Heuvel on the Occupy Effect: Resetting the Media Narrative

Katrina vanden Heuvel writing in The Nation about how the Occupy movement has, indeed, had a significant effect on American political discourse: 

A few short months ago, the corporate media and inside-the-Beltway chatter was all debt and deficits, all the time. 
Occupy changed that. It reset the media narrative so it’s more aligned with the true crises of our times—income inequality, downward mobility and economic fairness. It’s also renewed attention to corporate accountability and the corrosive role of corporate money in politics.

Interesting, isn't it?  The Occupy movement has "reset the media narrative" so that we're now talking about "the true crises of our time," which include income inequality and economic fairness.

But the moral leaders of American Catholicism--the U.S. Catholic bishops--want us to talk instead about contraception.  As if we're still living in the 1960s.

And about same-sex love and loving same-sex couples as if human beings seeking to fulfill their God-given natures and form lasting and loving relationships represent the most significant moral threat possible--a more significant threat by far than rapacious greed, militarism, economic inequality, the exploitation of workers and the planet, etc.

None so blind as those who see.  Again, I'm taking my chances with the blind as the USCCB tries to shift the American Catholic church into righteous crusader mode these days, to score points for the "pro-life" Republican party.

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