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Journalists: your moral and intellectual superiors

Posted By Kathy Shaidle On February 18, 2010 @ 12:00 pm In NewsReal Blog | No Comments

It’s one thing for my aged, cataract’d mother-in-law to mistake Vice President Joe Biden for Gorbachev yesterday.

But here’s a UK broadcast demi-journalist, illustrating once again why “normal” people hate Big Media:

Sky New presenter Kay Burley was forced to make an on-air apology after mistaking a Roman Catholic symbol on American vice president Joe Biden’s forehead for a ‘large bruise’.

Mr Biden is a Catholic who was marking Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.   (…)

While her colleague Mr Milam concentrated on talking about a fiscal stimulus package being unveiled by Mr Biden in Washington, Miss Burley was more interested in the ‘nasty’ brown mark.

Suggesting that the ‘large bruise’ might be caused by an accident at the Winter Olympics in Canada, she encouraged Mr Milam to find out.

Later Miss Burley admitted: ‘I know I’m a very bad Catholic. I know I should know that today is Ash Wednesday and that’s why he’d got ash across his forehead. I’ve said three Hail Marys, everything is going to be fine.’

There are more than 1.1billion Roman Catholics in the world, with more than 4million of them living in Britain.

Because of its huge global influence, the religion’s practices and traditions are known and respected throughout the world.

Almost as pathetic are the almost 400 comments below the Daily Mail story, which are about equally divided between, “Wot?! I never ‘eard o’ this ash bizness eeever” to “This woman has got above her station in life.”

I’m reminded, as I so often am these days, of those German tourists who get the last word after their disastrous stay at Fawlty Towers:

“However did they win…?”

(PS: Dennis Miller’s take on radio this morning? “And Biden’s not even Catholic. Obama just stubs his cigarettes out on his forehead before he hits the stage…”)


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