Thursday, January 13, 2005

I didn't want to write about the CBS situation again, but it's got right-wingers bouncing off the walls like kindergartners on a week-long all-sugar diet. How crazy are these people right now? Well, The Weekly Standard has just published an article on the CBS story by Hugh Hewitt, and Hewitt is plugging the article on his blog with this teaser:

My column, "A Cover-Up Is a Cover-Up," asks what's the difference between Bernard Francis Cardinal Law and Dan Rather? 

No, I didn't make that up.

Let's see if I can explain the difference to Mr. Hewitt:

Victim of the Boston clergy sex-abuse scandal:

Patrick McSorley, a victim of defrocked priest John J. Geoghan who became one of the most visible critics of clergy sexual abuse, was discovered dead early yesterday in a North End apartment, his lawyer said yesterday.

Boston police would not provide details about McSorley's death, except to say that authorities arrived at the apartment shortly after 1 a.m. yesterday. A close friend said McSorley, 29, occasionally went to the apartment to take drugs owing to a chronic substance-abuse problem that had plagued him for several years.

"To think he had come this far and just to have it end so abruptly -- it's a tragic ending," said the friend, Alexa MacPherson, 29, also a victim of clergy sex abuse. "Many of us try to forget the memories. His choice of action was to drink and to use drugs to try to escape the pains that he felt and the memories that he had."

MacPherson said she brought McSorley to many drug-rehabilitation centers and hospitals in a long-running, unsuccessful attempt to help him overcome his substance abuse. However, McSorley could not shed the troubling aftereffects of Geoghan's sexual abuse, she said....

"Victim" of CBS:

An elated President Bush claimed a reelection victory yesterday after a tumultuous night of vote counting....

Bush spoke to jubilant supporters at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington....

Bush will begin his second term with strengthened majorities in the House and Senate....


(And please don't assume that Hewitt makes any attempt to acknowledge the outrageous nature of this comparison in his article -- he doesn't. The most he'll admit is that the comparison might be inapt because CBS wasn't punished as much for alleged political bias as the Church was for allowing children to be raped for decades. This is your right-wing media. These people are prose sociopaths.)

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