Associated Press: Remember That Story About Nuns Stuffing Kids’ Bodies in a Septic Tank? Never Mind.

Saturday, June 21, AD 2014

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Remember the cock and bull story about the bodies of kids being stuffed into a septic tank by nuns who ran a home for unwed mothers in Tuam, Ireland?  If you do, the Associated Press really wishes you would forget all about it.

 

 

DUBLIN (AP) — In stories published June 3 and June 8 about young children buried in unmarked graves after dying at a former Irish orphanage for the children of unwed mothers, The Associated Press incorrectly reported that the children had not received Roman Catholic baptisms; documents show that many children at the orphanage were baptized. The AP also incorrectly reported that Catholic teaching at the time was to deny baptism and Christian burial to the children of unwed mothers; although that may have occurred in practice at times it was not church teaching. In addition, in the June 3 story, the AP quoted a researcher who said she believed that most of the remains of children who died there were interred in a disused septic tank; the researcher has since clarified that without excavation and forensic analysis it is impossible to know how many sets of remains the tank contains, if any. The June 3 story also contained an incorrect reference to the year that the orphanage opened; it was 1925, not 1926.

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9 Responses to Associated Press: Remember That Story About Nuns Stuffing Kids’ Bodies in a Septic Tank? Never Mind.

  • To review: Ireland exists. Everything else stated in the article is unsubstantiated or proven incorrect. (Although, thinking about it, saying that “Ireland existed in the 1920’s” could be debated. So there were no confirmed facts in the article at all.)

  • A rather churlish correction that does not indicate how they managed to get so many factual matters, and others they neglected to mention, wrong.

    They hired okupiers.

  • No mention that locals knew there was a baby graveyard in a slightly different area, that at least one expert’s response was that it sounded exactly like a specific type of mass grave that was used for re-burial of plague victims found during construction, that they misrepresented what the gal who figured this out SAID…..

    *sigh*

    Not like I expect anything different, but oy.

  • Let us look at the bright side. At least the “reporter” did not suggest the possibility of the nuns first dining on the little babes.

  • At least the “reporter” did not suggest the possibility of the nuns first dining on the little babes.

    That’ll be next time this happens.

  • Does Ireland exist? It looks to me like just another place where atomized individuals are pursuing happiness by any means possible. They will end up as sad and lonely as people anywhere else. The only difference is they will have a brogue.

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  • Is everything the Establishment Media says about the Catholic Church a lie?

    Maybe not, but it’s a good working theory.

  • “A lie gets half way around the world before the truth can get its shoes on.” Journalists are not interested in printing the truth, just sensationalism, who cares if it’s true or not. Them Catholics deserve it.

If You Repeat a Lie a Thousand Times…

Friday, April 9, AD 2010

Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul-Minneapolis has defended Pope Benedict in his column in the archdiocesan weekly newspaper.

In reporting on the column, the Associated Press closed their story with this:

Critics of the church’s handling of abuse cases are citing Benedict’s tenure as head of the Vatican office charged with disciplining clergy. The office halted a mid-1990s investigation into a Wisconsin priest accused of molesting some 200 deaf boys.

Dear Associated Press: the CDF did not stop the investigation. If you’d actually do some journalism you’d know that.

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5 Responses to If You Repeat a Lie a Thousand Times…

  • The communists succeeded in branding His Holiness Pius XII as a virtual agent of Hitler because of his alleged silence in the face of Nazi atrocities. The facts suggest otherwise, but they have been buried over time, and the mud sticks. Now, secularists (and others, including some in the Church herself) are trying to do the same to His Holiness Benedict XVI with regard to the priest sex scandal. The facts tend to exonerate him, but I fear the mud will stick. It will take a persistent and forceful defense if there is to be any hope for his legacy.

  • So, did you try to contact MPR to address their error?

  • I tried to contact the AP, but there’s no writer in that or other bylines, so I have little idea who to reach. And given that it’s been picked up elsewhere, merely trying to communicate with MPR seemed pointless.

  • You ask,

    “If they [AP] can botch this story this poorly, how can I trust their reporting on other issues?”

    So far as I can see, you can’t.

    All you can do is trace the facts about any given story that AP presents in a broad-brush kind of way, compare those to the facts presented from other sources, find the commonalities, then go seeking criticism from bloggers who specialize in the relevant topics to get a sense of which commonly-reported facts are open to debate or alternative interpretation, and which are thought by the bloggers to be missing.

    Rinse, repeat, for several days.

    Then you ruminate, allowing that picture simmer and stew until you come to some kind of conclusions about what actually happened.

    That’s how one “checks the news” these days. AP is just mono-sourced data. If you want information, even minimalist “satisficing” (let alone detailed knowledge) will require individual collation of data from multiple inputs.

    The darkly amusing thing to ponder is this: Were the MSM always this bad, and we just didn’t have enough sources of alternative opinion to know about it? Or has the failure of intellectual and moral standards brought us gradually to this point from some earlier state of being in which media organs were moderately trustworthy?

  • “Were the MSM always this bad, and we just didn’t have enough sources of alternative opinion to know about it? Or has the failure of intellectual and moral standards brought us gradually to this point from some earlier state of being in which media organs were moderately trustworthy?”

    Bad reporting there has ever been, and the access of the internet to multiple sources displays such reporting in bold relief. However, I doubt if there has been a time before when the ink stained wretches were so ideologically committed in one direction and so uncaring about their professionalism.