Pope Benedict XVI was falsely accused two weeks ago by The New York Times. That same false charge was repeated and amplified in the National Post. The facts are now in, and even the Times has corrected itself by rewriting the story. Two weeks later, however, and despite its flaws, the story is reverberating around the world. Indeed, without the Times’ accusations, the sexual abuse story would not have dominated Holy Week as it did.
As others began to ask those obvious questions, and it became apparent that Goodstein had not asked any of them, she published an extraordinary follow-up story on April 1. This one appeared on page 6, not the front. Gone was the suggestive headline. This one had the banal title: “Events in the Case of an Accused Priest.” All of the accusations against the future pope are dropped, the new information from her tardy interview with Brundage is included, Weakland’s comments disappear and Jeffrey Anderson is gone altogether.
That’s how it works today with the liberal media: smear first on the front page, then bury the correction where it won’t be seen by most people or reported on in any substantial fashion.