Reporters in Los Angeles are highlighting the fact that the criminal abuse of children is not really very bothersome to a lot of people, unless Catholic clergymen are involved.
This past year has been a banner one for journalists in Los Angeles who have unmasked stomach-turning episodes of child sex abuse and cover-ups in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and elsewhere. However, there has been almost no resonant outrage over the sickening findings that these writers have uncovered. Where's the outrage in the rest of the media?
Los Angeles Times: Sex abuse at LAUSD
Just last week, the State of California released an audit report into how LAUSD handled allegations of child sex abuse at its schools. And as the Los Angeles Times' Howard Blume reports, the results of the audit were not good – at all:
"Los Angeles school officials failed to promptly report nearly 150 cases of suspected teacher misconduct — including allegations of sexual contact with students — to state authorities as required by law, an audit released Thursday concluded.
"The audit found that L.A. Unified submitted at least 144 cases of alleged teacher misconduct more than a year later than required, 31 of them more than three years late.
"In one case, the district reported an alleged sexual relationship between a teacher and a student in March – 3 1/2 years after the teacher left the district over the incident, the audit said. The 'lack of timely reporting' prevented the commission from taking steps to keep the teacher from working elsewhere."
As we have reported before, the Times actually has an excellent record in exposing LAUSD's serious sex abuse problem. The Times' Jason Song, for example, has done some excellent investigative work.
Unfortunately, the Times' efforts have not received the kind of attention they deserve. The story of LAUSD's shocking audit, for example, was barely reported outside Southern California.
Los Angeles Daily News: Sex abuse at LAUSD
Although her work does not get nearly as much attention as it should, Barbara Jones has long done some very important reporting over at the L.A. Daily News.
And just as with the coverage at her cross-town rivals at the Times, Jones' work has not garnered the nationwide notice that it warrants.
This lack of attention is notable, because unlike Catholic abuse, almost all of which occurred decades ago, Jones has spotlighted abuse happening today in our local public schools.
The disparity in media coverage and outrage is glaring.
Los Angeles Times: The Boy Scouts
In addition, the Times has also published some blockbuster work by Jason Felch and Kim Christensen exposing rampant abuse nationwide over decades in the Boy Scouts.
While the pair's reporting certainly has received some notice, it has not nearly attracted the level attention and outrage that decades-old abuse by Catholic priests have.
Double standard? You bet.