Intelligencer: we cover what the pope says only when he agrees with us
with update -- Wednesday evening
Echoing their limited and biased coverage of the papal encyclical on climate change last May, this morning's Intelligencer edited Pope Francis' views out of a front-page story from the Associated Press on the Iran nuclear treaty. Here is what is the Intelligencer dropped from the original AP report:
The international accord backed by the United States, Iran and five world powers would curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for relief from crippling sanctions that have undercut Tehran's economy.
The accord got a boost as the Vatican, just ahead of Pope Francis' visit to Washington next week, welcomed the agreement. Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Holy See's secretary for relations with states, said in Vienna on Monday that the Vatican backs the agreement because it thinks the best way to resolve disputes is through dialogue and negotiation.
Gallagher said the Vatican hopes full implementation of the accord "will ensure the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program" and "will be a definitive step toward greater stability and security in the region."
Evening update -- The pope's support for the accord is drawing lots of commentary on the Web. One of the more interesting is Juan Cole's at Informed Comment. Cole argues that "the pope's comments create another dilemma for GOP Catholic candidates."
By the way, the evening News-Register's version of the AP story also dropped the pope's support for the agreement.