In her latest On the Square column, Elizabeth Scalia considers the impact senior citizens will have on the 2012 election:
Based entirely on anecdotal evidence, however, I believe the press’ credibility with senior citizens has taken a hit from which it is unlikely to recover, and it may be entirely due to the election of 2008, when the mainstream media utterly abandoned whatever responsibilities to the public trust to which it still felt obliged, tossed presumptive-nominee Hillary Clinton aside and—rejecting any-and-all discomfiting questions about his experience, background, past-operations, education, friendships or capabilities—hoisted candidate Barack Obama upon their shoulders and carried him into the White House in triumph.
Also today, Thomas G. Guarino explains what is wrong with the archbishop of Boston publishing a list of the names of priests accused of the sexual abuse of children:
In publishing these names on the Boston website, O’Malley is hoping for transparency and the removal of every shadow of deception. In a diocese which had previously stood as a model of opacity, such intentions are admirable. Nonetheless, while eschewing deception is a worthy goal, significant problems attend the publication of the recent list.