DEMOCRATS ASKED TO NIX OFFENSIVE BLOGGERS
Catalyst October Issue 2008
The Democratic Party credentialed over 120 blogs for this year’s Democratic National Convention; those who received credentials were allowed to cover the Convention at the Pepsi Center. Included on that list were a few offensive sites; the most offensive was Bitch Ph.D.
On the home page of Bitch Ph.D. there was a picture of two children: one of them was shown flashing his middle finger. The lead post was titled “Jesus Christ.” It began with, “I’m a really crappy Catholic who hasn’t been to mass in ages because most parishes around here ‘will’ insist on being aggressively anti-abortion….” The writer then objected to some children’s toys on the grounds that they were more offensive than desecrating the Eucharist. The toys were actually balloons that were made to depict Jesus in various poses, including a crucified Christ; one of the images showed Jesus with a penis. Several people commented on this image; some of which made patently obscene comments.
We quickly called for the offensive blogs to be cut from the Convention’s list of credentialed sites. The offensive sites did not function as responsible media outlets and offended Catholics, as well as others. We called on Convention CEO Leah Daughtry to nix these offensive blogs. We said, “To allow them access to the Democratic National Convention sends a message to Catholics they will not forget.”