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LAURIE GOODSTEIN SCOREBOARD on our home page]
TheMediaReport.com has surveyed every article that New York Times National Religion Correspondent Laurie Goodstein has written (or co-written) this decade and has found that while Goodstein has composed dozens of articles about sex abuse in the Catholic Church, she has authored exactly zero articles on abuse elsewhere.
TheMediaReport.com has identified 354 articles written or co-written by Laurie Goodstein in the New York Times between January 1, 2010, and May 24, 2016.
Imbalance at the Grey Lady
99 of those articles have specifically trumpeted the issue of sex abuse in the Catholic Church. 0 have addressed sex abuse in any other religious institution.
This also means nearly thirty percent of all articles written by Goodstein this decade have been solely about sex abuse in the Catholic Church!
In other words, being the "National Religion Correspondent" for the New York Times is really code for being the Times' principle obsessor – among the many there who obsess – about old cases of sex abuse in the Catholic Church.
Not even a single article by Laurie Goodstein this decade has headlined sex abuse in any other religious organization. Nothing from Goodstein about child abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community. Nothing about abuse in the Muslim community. Nothing about child abuse among Evangelicals. Nothing about child abuse among Baptists.
The disparity is glaring.
Ignoring other aspects of the abuse story
Also notably absent from Goodstein's recent coverage are other important aspects of the Catholic Church child abuse narrative:
- the widespread prevalence of false accusations and the fact that nearly half of those accused nowadays are dead;
- the troubling financial and operational relationship between Church-suing contingency lawyers and the anti-Catholic group SNAP;
- the injustice that accused priests find themselves in trying to defend against acts alleged to have been committed many decades ago;
- the sordid histories and hateful motivations of dissident priests and SNAP members who have attacked the Church; and
- the unprecedented measures that the Catholic Church in the United States has taken in the last two decades to make the Church the safest environment in the world for children today.
As we have often stated before, it is well known that the New York Times editorial policies stand in heated opposition to the Catholic Church on nearly every "hot-button" social issue, whether it be gay "marriage," abortion, or birth control.
And in the end, Laurie Goodstein is simply carrying the water for her struggling employer, which proudly boasts of its animus for the Catholic Church and is using the issue of decades-old cases of abuse to bludgeon it for not being sufficiently left-wing on issues of sexuality.
[Important note: There was an article published by Goodstein on March 7, 2010, entitled, "Defectors Say Church of Scientology Hides Abuse." However, the "abuse" cited in the article has nothing to do with sex abuse. Sex abuse, rape, and molestation are not mentioned in the article at all. Instead, the article addresses the alleged "abusive environment" (social/emotional/mental) of the Church of Scientology.]