It is not news that Time magazine has suffered the same cutbacks over recent years as other major media and consequently redirected their editorial energies to whatever sells in a pop culture seeking constant entertainment. It’s no surprise that translates to pop psychology and pop theology and liberal politics. But this is interesting…..

Time does a cover story on Pope Benedict that serves up the latest broadside disguised as a highbrow dissection of faithful from church hierarchy. And touting that cover on a news show, the editor gets confronted with the question of serious news coverage.

Just when the panel is winding down and heading to a break, just after they had declared that Church hierarchy is ‘isolated from reality’ and ‘unable to handle a crisis’, Mika asks Time managing editor Richard Stengel whether this new issue has a story, any coverage whatsoever, about Congressman Joe Sestak and the growing controversy over White House involvement in his run for the Senate.

Um….no…says Stengel. It’s getting enough coverage elsewhere. Mika asks…’You don’t think it’s newsworthy?’ and then there’s more hedging. Mika says ‘well I think it’s a story.’

So do other serious news outlets.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....