While the Hollywood movie Spotlight portrays editors and writers at the Boston Globe wringing their hands over the potential story of abuse by Catholic priests, the film conveniently neglects to mention the Globe's own long history of looking the other way when it comes to the issue of sex abuse of minors in other institutions.
In fact, the Globe even has a long history of supporting advocates of child sex.
The Globe's long history which Spotlight forgot
To take but just a few of the many examples, and as we have chronicled here, the Globe has previously:
- given a high-profile platform to the co-founder of the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), which promotes sex with children;
- routinely celebrated entertainment celebrities who have committed child abuse crimes, including Roman Polanski, Peter Yarrow, and Paula Poundstone;
- once endorsed a Congressman for reelection even after he admitted to repeatedly plying booze and having sex with a high-school-aged page;
- repeatedly touted a "sexologist" who spoke favorably of incest between fathers and daughters;
- repeatedly ignored or mitigated rampant sex abuse and cover-ups in Boston Public Schools (1, 2, 3, 4);
Between its incessant hypocrisy and its long history of anti-Catholicism, one could fill a book. And indeed that book is Sins of the Press: The Untold Story of The Boston Globe's Reporting on Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church by TheMediaReport.com's own Dave Pierre.
Sins of the Press chronicles many more instances of the Globe's hypocrisy when it comes to the sexual abuse of children.