**TheMediaReport.com SPECIAL REPORT** Star Witness In Church Abuse Trial SLAMS Kansas City Star: ‘It Was Clear The Kansas City Star Was Not Interested In The Truth’

Judy Thomas : Kansas City Star : Mary Sanchez

The Kansas City Star may not have been officially listed as a party in the recent high-profile clergy abuse trial in Kansas City, but the credibility of the Star was certainly on trial. And by all accounts, it lost. A splashy, three-part … [Read more...]

Speaking Truth to Power: Former Vatican Spokesperson: The Catholic Church Is the Only Institution ‘That Is Effectively Acting to Eradicate Pedophilia’

Joaquín Navarro Valls

Some say the most distinguishing feature of our modern media landscape is its inherent herd mentality. A narrative or story line is developed by one or a few media sources, and then suddenly, like bison, every journalist in the land is … [Read more...]

***TheMediaReport.com SPECIAL REPORT*** Minnesota Public Radio’s ‘Betrayed By Silence’: A New Low In Vengeance Journalism

Madeleine Baran : Madeleine Baran MPR

For over a decade now, we at TheMediaReport.com have likely reviewed several thousand news articles, television episodes, radio interviews, and documentary films in our mission to encourage accuracy in the media's coverage of the … [Read more...]

***’Betrayed By Silence’ [Part III]*** Guilty Until Proven Innocent: No Accusation Against a Priest Too Old or Wacky To Be Taken As True

Rev. Gilbert Dutel : MPR : Rev. Harry Walsh

In "Betrayed by Silence," Madeleine Baran and Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) profile the cases of a number of accused priests and suggest, of course, that there is no doubt that all of the priests are guilty. However, when one … [Read more...]

***’Betrayed By Silence’ [Part II]*** Madeleine Baran’s Struggle With the Facts

Madeleine Baran : Madeleine Baran MPR

In "Betrayed by Silence," Madeleine Baran and the other producers at Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) attempt to lend an air of scholarship and gravitas to their work by posting an extensive section of "Source Notes," which … [Read more...]

***’Betrayed By Silence’ [Part I]*** No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: MPR Smears Archbishop Flynn, We Uncover the Facts

Archbishop Harry Flynn

For over two decades, while serving as Bishop of Lafayette (La.) and later Archbishop of St. Paul - Minneapolis, Archbishop Harry J. Flynn undertook the thankless task of reaching out to those who were so egregiously harmed by abusive … [Read more...]

All the News That’s Fit To Manufacture: NYT’s Laurie Goodstein Provides Free P.R. For New Jeff Anderson Lawsuit And Touts Non-Existent Campaign to Force St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop’s Resignation

Laurie Goodstein : New York Times

While the New York Times' travails are well known, it appears that the venerable old newspaper still has the resources to devote a reporter to cover a single story line if that story line happens to dovetail with the paper's … [Read more...]

*SPECIAL REPORT* Hypocrisy in Tinseltown: Child Abuse No Big Deal When Committed by the Rich and Famous

Hollywood sign

Thanks to the media, even a mere accusation of sexual abuse committed by a priest long ago will irreparably shatter the livelihood of the priest. No matter how flimsy or how long ago the accusation, a priest is always presumed guilty in the … [Read more...]

Useful Idiots: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Headlines Phony Story That Local Archbishop Claimed in Deposition That He Did Not Know Sex Abuse Was a Crime

Lilly Fowler : Archbishop Carlson : Jeff Anderson

Media outlets – both secular and religious – have been falling over themselves to tout the dramatic front-page story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch by Lilly Fowler that St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson testified in a … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Apologizes For Past Abuse, But Media Celebrates Anti-Catholic Bigots at SNAP Who Liken Pope to a Wife Beater

Barbara Blaine : Pope Francis : David Clohessy

One essential element of the media's sex abuse narrative is the idea that the Catholic Church must repeatedly and perpetually apologize for past abuse committed by priests. Pope Benedict repeatedly apologized and even met with victims … [Read more...]