SID STILL VICIOUS. Sidney Blumenthal has a really terrific piece in Salon detailing the political alliance between George W. Bush and Pope Benedict XVI, noting that then-Cardinal Ratzinger was a virtual running mate of Bush's in 2004. Blumenthal writes:
In 2004 Bush increased his margin of Catholic support by 6 points from the 2000 election, rising from 46 to 52 percent. Without this shift, Kerry would have had a popular majority of a million votes. Three states - Ohio, Iowa and New Mexico - moved into Bush's column on the votes of the Catholic "faithful." Even with his atmospherics of terrorism and Sept. 11, Bush required the benediction of the Holy See as his saving grace. The key to his kingdom was turned by Cardinal Ratzinger.
Benedict, as Blumenthal notes, was behind the call for priests to deny communion to politicians who favor abortion rights, something that caused John Kerry considerable grief.
Keep in mind that you can be a faithful Catholic who believes that abortion is wrong, a view that Kerry seems to hold quite sincerely. That's not good enough for Benedict, though; instead, he insists that politicians legislate that view for everyone else, Catholics and non-Catholics alike.
Anyway, read the whole piece.
NAMING NAMES. Media Log does not normally like to get bogged down in typos and misspellings, but here I go for the second day in a row. You'd think that, by now, someone would have fixed the spelling of Providence police chief Dean Esserman's name in the photo caption on the Globe's website. (And perhaps now someone will.)
It's also misspelled on the front page of the Globe.
GLOBAL DOWNSIZING. The Herald's Greg Gatlin reports that up to 40 positions in the Globe's finance and IT departments are being eliminated. Hmm ... who's going to fix the computers?
RADIO RADIO. I had a great time mixing it up with Scott Allen Miller this morning on WRKO Radio (AM 680). Ms. Mass Resistance managed to generate precisely one call during my two-hour stint, and she seems none too happy about it.
She also seems confused about who and what I am, so let me borrow a line from my friend Barry Crimmins: I'm whatever you fear most.