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Are the Media Engaged in Unfair Business Practices?

By Fr. Robert J. Carr

Are the Boston Globe, the Hearst Corporation and others guilty of unfair business practices? That is a question that needs to be investigated in light of a report out of congress on public schools. According to Charol Shakesshaft of Hoftra University, author of Educator Sexual Misconduct: A Synthesis of Existing Literature June 2004 the report required by the No Child Left Behind law, one in ten school students grades K-12 encounter some form of sexual misconduct from employees in public schools. One in ten? That is ten percent.

Indeed, in my own experience, I learned of public school teachers referring to students as stupid, using foul language in their classrooms, and encouraging refugees from a war torn country to make the sign of shooting themselves in the head as proof that they can understand English. If the limit here is sexual then what kind of suffering do our school students encounter, if only the sexual constitutes ten percent of the abuse suffered in our public schools?

Yet, according to the Boston Globe and the Hearst Corporation, among others, it is Catholic Churches that are dangerous places not public schools. Here we begin to smell the rat.


In my almost three years of investigation into the accusations made against The Catholic Church, I have witnessed the misreporting and even non-reporting of events by various media companies that appear to be designed to undermine Catholic Teaching.

For example, a harmful program called Talk About Touching is forced upon Catholic Parents by various agencies. In Boston one of those agencies is the Attorney Generalís Office in association with the state government funded Massachusetts Childrenís Trust Fund. The program enjoys condemnation as inappropriate sexual education and ineffective self protection by the likes of Girls and Boystown of Nebraska and the University of Calgary Canada. Yet, it is the subject of positive and innaccurate reports by New England Cable News, a unit of the Hearst Corporation and the Comcast Corporation, and by The Boston Globe.

Neither article cites, for example, that the program features a video teaching children to confront their pedophile perpetrators alone. This alone would make John Wayne Gacy salivate and has raised the question whether the program is promoted by sexual perverts and pedophiles. Gacy, a rapist and murderer of dozens of teens and who later buried them under his house and on his property would turn away lured teens who came to his door with an adult. He would victimize and kill those whom he encountered alone. Yet, this program teaches children to take advice from their peers (because adults do not listen) and confront true pedophiles alone.

Such action, besides endangering the child and enabling the pedophile to more destruction, is ignored in reports by both the Boston Globe and the Hearst Comcast Unit New England Cable News.


Further, The Boston Globe reported that Massachusetts Childrenís Trust Fund Executive Director Suzin Bartley was named woman of the year in January of 2003 by the Boston based Friends for Children. However, information about the Boston based Friends for Children including comments from the organization of why they selected Suzin Bartley were not stated. This glaring omission is usually an indicator that the story was written off a press release. Was the release written by Suzin Bartley herself? Bartley, by the way is the only one quoted in the article. No calls have been made to the Boston Based Friends for Children, because the organization could not be found.

Meanwhile, Hearst-Argyle unit WCVB-TV finds itself in the middle of the same concerns. Paul LaCamera, CEO of the station, was the first to call for Cardinal Law to resign, further he used the facilities of his station to promote Voice of the Faithful, a movement headed by ersatz Catholics specifically designed to undermine Catholic Teaching.


Indeed, the founder of Voice of the Faithful, Doctor James Muller, was caught in lies in 2002 by calling for a Constitution of the Roman Catholic Church based on the US Constitution. Such a Constitution has existed for about ten years and sits on the servers of public institution Temple University in Pennsylvania. Therefore, with the document already in place, it is clear that Dr. Muller lied when he came up with the sudden ingenious idea of writing this in 2002. Additionally, one of the co-writers of the constitution just so happened to appear at the Voice of the Faithful convention in Boston in July of 2002, Leonard Swidler. Reporters, confronted with this fact, did not consider this strange reality news.

A later VOTF president Professor James Post of Boston University ...

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