Bozell to CNN: Using Sinead O'Connor to attack the Catholic Church is Despicable
Published: 3/30/2010 2:00 PM ET
Appearance on Anderson Cooper Was Outrageous - Larry King Appearance Today Is Too MuchALEXANDRIA, VA - Media Research Center President Brent Bozell has denounced CNN for relying on bigoted anti-Catholic singer Sinead O'Connor as a credible source to discuss recent allegations brought against the Catholic Church in the cable network's repeated interviews with her. Appearing on Anderson Cooper's 360 on Friday and scheduled for an appearance on Larry King Live tonight, O'Connor's appearances on CNN reveal her incredulous and misleading comments about the Pope and the Church, and say even more about what constitutes a credible source to the network hosting her.
On an appearance on Anderson Cooper's 360 on Friday, O'Connor remarked:
"I'm passionately in love with what I would call the Holy Spirit. I don't believe it matters if you call it God, Buddha, Krishna, Jesus, Fred or Daisy. It is the Holy Spirit. It does not matter. . . It seems to me that the Vatican are not- don't actually believe in God at all. They are certainly not acting like they believe in a God that watches."
Brent Bozell responded:
"Sinead O'Connor is a despicable, hate-filled person who has no business being portrayed as a reasonable voice to discuss the Catholic Church that she has disgraced for the past twenty years.
"CNN's decision to have her on as a credible source to bash and criticize the Pope and the Catholic Church is like having the KKK on to criticize President Obama, or Nazis on to criticize Jews. It's disgusting, unacceptable, and disgraceful.
"When CNN decides to have legitimate, non-bigoted guests on, perhaps Americans will begin to trust them again as a viable news source."