*TheMediaReport.com Special Investigation* Overlearning the Lessons of the Abuse Scandals: Custodian Uses Bathroom, and Cardinal O’Malley Fires Everyone

Cardinal Sean O'Malley

In a way it was inevitable: After years of media hysteria over the issue of sex abuse in the Catholic Church, Church officials have now decided on a policy of "shoot first, ask questions later" when it comes to even the scantest … [Read more...]

SNAP Wins Its Appeal To Harass and Intimidate Parishioners at Sunday Mass

David Clohessy : SNAP

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the anti-Catholic group SNAP so that members of SNAP can resume harassing and intimidating prayerful Catholics as they attend Mass on Sunday. In the past, SNAP members have provoked … [Read more...]

Journalist or Spokesperson for SNAP? St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Fowler Promotes Claim That Church Should Stalk Its Ex-Priests

Lilly Fowler

In a recent article sparse on reason and logic, Lilly Fowler of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch promotes the novel idea that the Catholic Church is now somehow responsible for hunting down and shadowing every past employee accused of abuse, and … [Read more...]

***TheMediaReport.com SPECIAL REPORT*** Who Am I To Judge? In 1992, Boston Globe Touted Therapy Treatments for Sex Offenders, Then Excoriated the Church Years Later For Actually Using Them

Boston Globe

When the Boston Globe excoriated the Archdiocese of Boston in 2002 for relying on therapists to treat abusive priests from the 1950s to the 1990s, the paper somehow apparently forgot that in 1992 the Globe itself was enthusiastically … [Read more...]

Rewarding Bad Journalism and Bigotry: Columbia University Bestows Prestigious Award to Error-Laden Series by Minn. Public Radio

Steve Coll

It is now abundantly clear – if it were not already – that truthfulness and fairness mean absolutely nothing to the media establishment when it comes to reporting about the Catholic Church and sex abuse. Indeed, the journalism … [Read more...]

TheMediaReport.com’s Top 5 Posts of 2014

Madeleine Baran : Barbara Blaine : Ralph Cipriano : Judy Thomas : Sabrina Erdely

As we now approach our eleventh year, we would like to thank everyone for making 2014 another great year at TheMediaReport.com! Our strength and influence continue to grow dramatically, thanks to you. And we look forward to an even better … [Read more...]

The New Apparent Standard: MPR’s Madeleine Baran Now Thinks Catholic Church Should Illegally Stalk Its Former Priests

Madeleine Baran

Just in the past thirteen months, Madeleine Baran from Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) has completely smeared an innocent priest, been busted for publishing bogus information, and has plastered the Catholic Church with a heinous three-part … [Read more...]

You Heard It Here First: Rolling Stone’s Erdely Finally Outed For Phony Abuse Stories

Sabrina Erdely

"[F]or sheer maliciousness, it is hard to top the piece in Rolling Stone. The factual errors, the stereotypes, the grand omissions, and the melodramatic language make for an incredible read. Make no mistake about it, the author, … [Read more...]

Rezendes vs. the Truth: Boston Globe Recycles Old Attack on the Chicago Jesuits and Embarrasses Itself

Michael Rezendes : Boston Globe

Some journalists simply don't know when to let an old story line die. As we first reported at the time over two-and-a-half years ago, Michael Rezendes of The Boston Globe published two splashy front-page stories about the failures of … [Read more...]

’60 Minutes’ Once Again Blasts Church Over Old Abuse Story, Boston’s Cardinal O’Malley Obliges With Interview

Cardinal O'Malley : 60 Minutes : Norah O'Donnell

It was only a couple years ago that CBS' 60 Minutes fêted Ireland's Archbishop Diarmuid Martin as he took the Church to task over decades-old abuse claims in Ireland. Indeed, 60 Minutes has a long and storied record of … [Read more...]