What the heck?
So, the conclave starts tomorrow. In their front-page link to that story, however, CNN.com does something pretty weird. They place the picture to the right above the caption "Dark clouds over St. Peter's Basilica Sunday."
Their introductory paragraph on that same front page begins with the phrase "Shrouded in secrecy". What is up with CNN.com? It's like they're trying to paint this as some mystical, magical process. I'm not sure really what I'm trying to say, but does anyone else find those choices rather odd?
UPDATE [4/18/2005 - 11:10]: I think Irina is exactly right. I've been a bit dazed the past week, as I've been trying to churn out my senior thesis (unedited it stands at 9,907 words), so when I saw all of these things that CNN was using to evoke the idea of mystery I couldn't quite put what I was feeling into words.
Irina pointed out that the people at CNN must be reading too many Dan Brown (author of The DaVinci Code) novels and not enough history. I think she's absolutely right. This is just another example of CNN sinking to the lowest common denominator and trying to equate important news with pop culture's understanding (or rather ignorant misunderstanding) of that news, as well as the important issues behind it.
So thanks, Irina, for helping me understand the thoughts rattling around between my ears.