Several weeks ago the Post-Gazette devoted a front-page, full-color photo and article to Gov. and Mrs. Corbett hanging a portrait in the state Capitol. This breaking news was followed a few days later by another front-page, full-color photo and article describing a committee meeting that Mr. Corbett attended, which decided to invite Pope Francis to Philadelphia. A third article and photo then depicted Mr. Corbett shaking hands with the pope (he was denied a personal meeting).
It reminded me of the breathless front-page article last year arguing that Sen. Pat Toomey — a Tea Party-backed, Wall Street reactionary — was moderating his views because of his support for watered-down gun control legislation. Before that, Rep. Keith Rothfus — another Tea Party-backed, Wall Street reactionary — was given the front-page treatment shortly after his election; he would moderate his views because of his constituency, we were told.
These attempts to rehabilitate and humanize this right-wing wrecking crew may be good Christian charity. But it is not journalism. Come on, man.