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National Media Skip Over Charges U.S. Ambassador Abused ‘Minor Children’


There has been a rash of stories about U.S. State Department employees taking  drugs and cavorting with prostitutes. In addition, the Ambassador to Belgium,  Howard Gutman, was accused of soliciting prostitutes and minor children. While  all of these alleged crimes are reprehensible, the Catholic League only has  interest in the charge that Gutman “routinely ditched his protective security  detail in order to solicit sexual favors from both prostitutes and  minor children.” (My italics.)   No media outlet was more  outraged over minors being molested by priests than the Boston Globe, but it has  shown no interest in this story; it has not run a single piece on it. The New  York Times ran one story; the Washington Post ran one story, but unlike the  Times, it never mentioned “minor children”; the Los Angeles Times, like the  Globe, ignored the story altogether.

Most disturbing is CBS News. It deserves credit for breaking the story, but  what it did on June 11 was indefensible. Here is what it said: “One specific  example mentioned in the [Inspector General’s] memo refers to the 2011  investigations into an ambassador who ‘routinely ditched…his protective  security detail,’ and inspectors suspect this was in order to ‘solicit sexual  favors from prostitutes.’”   Now compare the last sentence in the  paragraph above to the last sentence I quoted in the first paragraph. What is  missing is any reference to “minor children.” This was not a mistake: by  excising reference to “minor children,” it demanded that the reporter also  excise the word “both.” He did.   In short, current allegations of  child rape by government officials are far less interesting to the media than  decades-old stories about priests. Let’s face it: the media, as well as pundits  (and “comedians” like Bill Maher), are not interested in kids. Their interest is  in the identity of the offender.

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