New York Times Fact Check FAIL

So, by now everyone has probably read or heard about the New York Times fine piece of “journalism” by Laurie Goodstein…you know, the one titled “Vatican Declined to Defrock U.S. Priest Who Abused Boys.”  There were also a couple of AP articles along the same lines.  Of course, much of this has been treated expertly here by our resident Papist.

Except now it turns out that the storyline and details just aren’t true.

In a wonderfully direct response, Father Thomas T. Brundage (now of the Archdiocese of Anchorage) details his involvement in the actual case as the Judicial Vicar for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.  He was essentially the prosecutor in charge of the case, and it seems things didn’t quite happen like Ms. Goodstein recounted in the New York Times – a fact which may have come to light if the New York Times had bothered to contact Fr. Brundage.

“The problem with these statements attributed to me is that they were handwritten. The documents were not written by me and do not resemble my handwriting. The syntax is similar to what I might have said but I have no idea who wrote these statements, yet I am credited as stating them. As a college freshman at the Marquette University School of Journalism, we were told to check, recheck, and triple check our quotes if necessary. I was never contacted by anyone on this document, written by an unknown source to me. Discerning truth takes time and it is apparent that the New York Times, the Associated Press and others did not take the time to get the facts correct.

I wonder if the New York Times will be printing some type of retraction?  …Anyone?



  • George @ Convert Journal

    They won’t retract it. Maybe a small, incomplete and hidden “clarification” accompanied by a new front-page attack – but not a retraction.

    I am thinking that maybe it is time to sue these people for libel. They apparently believe that they can make-up anything with complete impunity.

  • Felicia

    I seriously doubt you will see a retraction from the New York Times. They are not favorable to the Carholic Church unless it is an article on the Kennedy’s, Biden’s, etc.
    They not only don’t bother to check their facts but as you stated they don’t delve into
    the abuses in other organizations such as the Boy Scouts (1237 files on suspected Scout leaders), the 838 Ministers from all Protestant Denominations, etc, etc.
    Maybe that is a few of the reasons they are losing there readership, bias and poor journalism.



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