In 2011, the mainstream media fell over themselves to report that the anti-Catholic group SNAP had petitioned the International Criminal Court (ICC, aka "The Hague" in the Netherlands) to prosecute Pope Benedict XVI and other Vatican officials for purported "crimes against humanity" as a result of their handling of sex abuse cases from many decades ago.
Well, it turns out that SNAP's effort did not get very far. The ICC flatly rejected the group's petition, responding that SNAP's issues "do not appear to fall within the jurisdiction of the court" and that the Court only addresses "the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole, namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes."
Translation: The ICC is a serious place and is not interested in being used as a backdrop for P.R. stunts.
The mainstream media: SNAP's very own P.R. machine
To any sober observer, SNAP's complaint was a silly P.R. stunt by a small group of crazies hungry to get media attention. Naturally, the mainstream media enthusiastically went along with SNAP's antic and gave the group's manufactured story enthusiastic attention which it ill deserved.
Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times, for one, who has never seen an attack against the Catholic Church she didn't embrace, trumpeted the nutty lawsuit and then incorrectly declared, "It's unlikely that the [Hague] will take this up, but they won't be able to dismiss it easily. They may have to open up a preliminary investigation."
Meanwhile, Goodstein and the rest of the media continue to turn a blind eye to SNAP's glaring hypocrisy in protecting child molesters themselves.
Goodstein and others in the mainstream media have wholly failed to report the strident efforts by SNAP's founder Barbara Blaine to cover up the fact that she wrote a passionate letter of support on behalf of a doctor arrested with over 100 images of kiddie porn on his computer.
And it has been well over a decade since the media reported how SNAP's ever-hysterical national director, David Clohessy, jeopardized the safety of numerous children when he fully knew in the early 1990s that his brother, Kevin, a Catholic priest, was sexually abusing innocent boys but did nothing to report him to authorities.
So while the mainstream media is always on the ready to publicize and trumpet SNAP's latest act of showboating and grandstanding – like its crazy complaint to The Hague – in remains complicit in the cover-up of SNAP's own wrongdoing.