NEW YORK (Roto Reuters) Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls who told reporters the cardinals had decided unanimously to give no more interviews or meet the media before they are locked in the conclave that will pick the next pope.
In response Reuters CEO Tom Glocer held a press conference today stating that "Reuters will follow suit and also have a conclave
related news blackout during the time up to and including the conclave. We really don’t have any news to report so this will not be much different than our normal coverage. Don’t worry though we will still be publishing our editorial pieces a.k.a news stories to our subscribers. There are plenty of opposing opinions from members of the Catholic church that we can query in the days to come."
Other news organizations such as the Associated Press our also following Reuters lead and will stick to non-stories such as questioning parishioners of various Catholic churches to show how divided the church really is. A spokesman for AP CEO Tom Curley had this to say "We will lay off real news and will be concentrating on polling data asking solid questions about abortion, contraception, homosexuality, equality for women in the priesthood. Which is off course our regular coverage. We will also be working in stories about how beloved and admired the previous pope was and why the next one should be totally different. If only Pope John Paul II had been more progressive his funeral would not have only reached two billion households."