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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 General's Office in association with the state government funded Massachusetts Children's 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 Children's 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 threatened the new Archbishop in a column published in the Boston Globe. This ersatz Church organization shows a lack of vision, a lack of understanding of the institution it seeks to represent and a lack of understanding of the message that is Catholicism. However, Voice of the Faithful is run by a management professor. A management professor who does not inspire vision is like a Catholic priest who promotes gay marriage, both situations raise flags that they are misrepresenting themselves in favor of other agendae.

Paul LaCamera in his support of Voice of the Faithful said we should accept this organization because its members are not revolutionaries. He obviously does not understand the "Our Father". He spoke as his station showed VOTF protesters staging an unauthorized demonstration on the steps of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the battle ground for this silencing of Catholicism.

Recently, Voice of the Faithful began promoting Talk About Touching and has even educated some of its members in its methods.


Meanwhile, after tons of ink and billions of electrons attacking the Catholic Church we learn that ten percent of our nations' school children suffer sexual misconduct by school employees. This again does not include the verbal, emotional and physical abuse commonly found in schools, nor the teachers who turn a blind eye to bullying by children.

Is it possible, that the Boston Globe, Hearst Corporation and other organizations including The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Massachusetts, ABC-TV, the network affiliate to Hearst Argyle's WCVB-TV; VIACOM, parent to CBS and local boston affiliate WBZ-TV; the New York Times and others are engaged in unfair business practices, but why?

In the Associated Press article about Charol Shakeshaft's report, Michael Pons, spokesman for the National Education Association, complained that this report could do more harm than good by "creating unjustified alarm and undermining confidence in public schools." Change the words 'public schools' to 'Catholic Church' and one can ask "Was this the goal of Hearst-Argyle, The Boston Globe, VIACOM, Hearst Comcast, The Patriot Ledger and others?" If so, I think we are dealing with unfair business practices of these organizations.


What makes it worse, if you look at those connected to their reports you will see an overwhelming number of those associated with the Democratic Party, especially the Clinton Administration, including Mary Jo Bane, former under secretary of Health and Human Services in the Clinton Administration. The list also includes Leon Panetta former Clinton Chief of Staff, Former number three Clinton Administration FBI G-woman Kathleen McChesney in charge of implementing TAT on a national scale. She runs a nationwide staff that includes eighteen former FBI agents now serving in Catholic Dioceses. Other Democrats include Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas Reilly; Bristol County, Massachusetts District Attorney Paul Walsh, Jr., who called for untried and unconvicted but accused Catholic Priests (and only Catholic Priests) to register as sex offenders. Senator Ted Kennedy who called Catholics "Neanderthals", Former Massachusetts State Senator Cheryl Jacques in a committed Lesbian relationship and who is one of the key figures supporting gay marriage, and virtually all of the Massachusetts State Legislature. The list is not even close to exhaustive.

That leads us to ask the question, were these facilities seeking to undermine the Catholic voter base in favor of the pro-abortion, pro-gay rights, etc. Democratic Party. (Remember the chant preached over and over again "The Bishops have lost their moral voice.") If that is the case, then not only are we dealing with unfair business practices we may be dealing with the Democratic Party's own version of Watergate. That is something that could bring down all parties concerned, including the Democratic Party, The Hearst Corporation, Hearst Argyle, Comcast, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, MA and a host of other players.

Meanwhile, over ten percent of our public school children suffer some form of abuse and our media organizations remain silent. Something smells here, and it is not incense. It might be a rat.


Catholicism Anew MA, US
Fr. Robert J. Carr - priest, 617 542-5682



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