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New York, NY - In War Of Words With Daily News On Anti-Catholic Agenda, Prominent Religious Leader Says NY Times Routinely Displays Pro-Jewish Bias In Abuse Cases

Published on: October 28, 2016 09:30 AM
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New York, NY - In a bizarre turn of events, the head of a major Catholic organization took two major New York newspapers to task, ultimately resolving the issue with one while accusing the other of playing favorites by ignoring cases of sexual abuse in the Jewish community.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League criticized both the Daily News and The New York Times for failing to cover a settlement paid out by Yeshiva Torah Temimah to two former students who had been abused as six year olds by their rebbe, Rabbi Joel Kolko.

Donohue charged that both papers are quick to pounce on any stories of sexual abuse by priests and wondered why a multi-million dollar settlement in the Kolko case wasn’t considered newsworthy.

“And they expect us to believe that there is no anti-Catholic animus at the Daily News and the New York Times!  They prove us right all the time,” wrote Donohue.

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The Daily News responded a day later with an editorial acknowledging that not covering the Kolko settlement was a major error in judgment, but adamantly rejecting the notion of any anti-Catholic bias at the paper.

“Like any media organization, The News sometimes misses stories,” read the editorial. “This was one of them - and it was especially significant for a publication that has campaigned for reform of New York State statutes of limitation on criminal and civil cases against those who sexually abuse minors.”

Pointing to its broad coverage of child sexual abuse in all religious and demographic groups and the significant space devoted by the Daily News to Catholic causes and issues, the editorial concludes by categorizing Donohue’s claim of anti-Catholic bias as “simply false.”

While the Daily News editorial fell short of an actual apology, a second press release issued by Donohue that appeared Thursday on the Catholic League website praised the Daily News for its responsible remarks and for owing up to the mistake. 

“The reasoned response by the Daily News is much appreciated,” wrote Donohue.  “We will certainly let our supporters know of it.”

Donohue said that he has yet to receive any response from The New York Times to his statement.

In addition to accusing the newspaper of being prejudiced against Catholics, Donohue observed that the deliberate omission of the Kolko story was yet another example of The New York Times’ policy of turning a blind eye to sexual abuse committed by rabbis.

“Quite frankly, the Times has a history of omitting stories on rabbis who molest youngsters, something one of its previous public editors even admitted to me. Yet little has changed,” wrote Donohue.

Despite Donohue’s claims, over the years the Times has covered the Weberman trial, the Kolko case and allegations of abuse at Yeshiva University.

A lengthy 2012 article detailed the consequences Chasidic Jews can face when reporting incidents of sexual abuse while a 2013 article addressed the arrest of a rabbi who abused three of his teenaged students.

More recently, the newspaper covered the story of a Kiryas Joel rabbi who was captured on surveillance video fondling a young boy.


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 Oct 28, 2016 at 09:57 AM yitzchokm Says:

Also, the Daily News is a local paper while the New York Times is a national one.

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 Oct 28, 2016 at 09:55 AM LionofZion Says:

He is right.
And thanks to the vigorous lobbying, anti Catholicism and cries of anti-semitism every time a paper writes a negative article about a Jew, who loses? Yiddish Kinder.

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 Oct 28, 2016 at 11:04 AM Anonymous Says:

We have auch hatred thrown at us eg by Menachem Stark a"h that its nice to here they have a "slight" bias which I dont believe.

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 Oct 28, 2016 at 11:26 AM Kedushas Levi Says:

Reply to #2  
LionofZion Says:

He is right.
And thanks to the vigorous lobbying, anti Catholicism and cries of anti-semitism every time a paper writes a negative article about a Jew, who loses? Yiddish Kinder.

No he is wrong.

In the catholic church it was a systemic probelm among many priests for decades.
By the jews on the other hand is a few rotten apples and not systemic. That's a huge difference.

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 Oct 28, 2016 at 12:24 PM Esther Says:

Reply to #4  
Kedushas Levi Says:

No he is wrong.

In the catholic church it was a systemic probelm among many priests for decades.
By the jews on the other hand is a few rotten apples and not systemic. That's a huge difference.

I'm sorry but YOU are wrong. While we don't have one monolithic ruling person or body as do Catholics lehavdil,covering up for abusers seems to have occoured across the board,around the world,in MO,Chasidish and Litvish institutions also for decades. This was the mind set (unfortunately still in some of our communities) at the time. The US military,Boy Scouts and others were also guilty.

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 Oct 28, 2016 at 01:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Bill Donohue is a bigoted apologist. He first denied, then defended catholic priests who molested children, blaming the children. He justified the attack on the Charlie Hebdo paper because the paper insulted Mohammed. He defends the right wing positions of the Catholic Church on marriage yet himself is divorced. A good rule of thumb is to take everything he says and believe the opposite.

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 Oct 28, 2016 at 01:46 PM Kedushas Levi Says:

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Esther Says:

I'm sorry but YOU are wrong. While we don't have one monolithic ruling person or body as do Catholics lehavdil,covering up for abusers seems to have occoured across the board,around the world,in MO,Chasidish and Litvish institutions also for decades. This was the mind set (unfortunately still in some of our communities) at the time. The US military,Boy Scouts and others were also guilty.

Yeah but the abuses were isolated instances and did not occur as frequent as it did in the diocese.

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 Oct 28, 2016 at 03:26 PM Anonymous Says:

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Kedushas Levi Says:

Yeah but the abuses were isolated instances and did not occur as frequent as it did in the diocese.

You are ill informed. The Square abuse is monthly.

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 Oct 28, 2016 at 04:08 PM Kedushas Levi Says:

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Anonymous Says:

You are ill informed. The Square abuse is monthly.

No my friend you are an exaggerator out there just to spread hate.

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 Oct 28, 2016 at 04:33 PM Anonymous Says:

The NYTimes sympathetic to Jews??? Seriously??

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 Oct 28, 2016 at 04:42 PM LionofZion Says:

He is right.
And thanks to the vigorous lobbying, anti Catholicism and cries of anti-semitism every time a paper writes a negative article about a Jew, who loses? Yiddish Kinder.

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 Oct 29, 2016 at 04:09 PM Anonymous Says:

We spend millions on lobbyists so our predators are free to molest our kinder.

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 Oct 29, 2016 at 10:31 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

We have auch hatred thrown at us eg by Menachem Stark a"h that its nice to here they have a "slight" bias which I dont believe.

Hear

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