Pope: Cable’s “Death-A-Thon”

By Brian 

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“‘Pope Not Dead.’ This headline, which appeared on Fox News at 2:18 p.m. ET today, pretty much sums up the ghoulish tone of the nonstop cable news coverage of the pontiff’s decline,” Slate’s Dana Stevens writes. She wonders if the Pope coverage wouldn’t have such a “relentlessly grisly, medicalized tone” if the Schiavo saga hadn’t recently played out.

> “When Pope John Paul II finally does breathe his last, who will be next on the cable networks’ slab?,” Stevens concludes.

> “I for one cannot watch another minute of these non-stop death-a-thons on cable news,” Roger e-mails…

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