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Archbishop: Networks ‘missed the boat’ on coverage of church’s ObamaCare lawsuits

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May 28, 2012

From FOXNews.com

The archbishop of Washington on Sunday accused the network news programs of having “missed the boat” by largely ignoring lawsuits filed this past week by Catholic institutions challenging the Obama administration’s so-called contraception mandate.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” was responding to an analysis by the conservative Media Research Center of how the networks’ evening newscasts treated coverage of the dozen federal lawsuits filed Monday. According to the center, CBS spent 19 seconds on the story after it broke, while the other networks gave it no coverage.

“It is puzzling, particularly since they’re focusing so much attention right now on the pope’s butler,” Wuerl said, in reference the scandal in which the pope’s butler Paolo Gabriele was charged with stealing sensitive documents and is suspected of leaking them.

“It seems to me that somehow they’ve missed the boat. They’ve missed the story,” Wuerl said.

The story, the archbishop said, is “religious liberty.”

Wuerl adamantly defended the lawsuits, which were filed by dozens of Catholic-affiliated institutions including schools, charities and the Archdiocese of Washington.

Asked about speculation that the suits were just a vehicle for conservative members of the church to go after President Obama — considering dozens of dioceses did not join the suit — Wuerl said the Catholic community is unified.

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