October 8, 2015
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Just as Pope Francis got what he wanted from his apostolic journey to the United States in a close-up view of American Catholicism at its most compassionate and energetic, so too did the media covering Pope Francis largely get what they sought in covering his six-day September visit in the form of larger audiences.
Cable news audiences jumped as Pope Francis made his way to Washington, New York and Philadelphia.
Over-the-air and cable news organizations sent their top talent to cover the pope and to anchor the coverage in the three cities. They nearly had to. With the amount of time needed for Secret Service clearance, journalists assigned to a pool could cover just one papal event each day — unless some news organization was lucky enough to have a reporter, photographer or videographer embedded with the papal entourage coming from Rome, with a stop in Cuba before arriving in the United States.