BBC CHIEF TESTIFIES BEFORE PARLIAMENT

Catalyst December Issue 2012

October 23 – George Entwistle told members of Parliament today that there was no cover-up of the Jimmy Savile scandal, and that no pressure was put on “Newsnight” editor Peter Rippon to cancel a documentary on Savile last December. But not everyone is buying his account. It is known that after working on a program to expose Savile’s exploits,... [Read more...]

NYT FEUD HAS THOMPSON ON THE ROPES

Catalyst December Issue 2012

October 24 – If Vegas were taking odds on whether Mark Thompson will take over as the new president and CEO of the New York Times Company, the smart money would bet against him. After what Times public editor Margaret Sullivan said about him recently in her blog, he’s already on the ropes. Sullivan asks, “how likely is it that the Times Company... [Read more...]

NEW YORK TIMES IS IN A REAL PICKLE

Catalyst December Issue 2012

October 24 – Mark Thompson was the director-general of the BBC when it killed a “Newsnight” documentary last December on the sexual exploits of BBC child rapist Jimmy Savile. Thompson, who worked at the BBC since 1979, recently said that he had “never heard any allegations or received any complaints” about Savile when he worked at the BBC.... [Read more...]

BBC AND COPS KNEW ABOUT SAVILE

Catalyst December Issue 2012

October 26 – The number of allegations against Jimmy Savile has now hit 300; more than 400 inquiries are currently being pursued. It is not as though this is breaking news to Scotland Yard: another allegation that was previously brought to its attention surfaced last night, bringing to seven the number of times Scotland Yard investigated Savile. Whether... [Read more...]

BBC AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Catalyst December Issue 2012

November 6 – New York Times op-ed page columnist Joe Nocera has asked some tough questions about Mark Thompson’s knowledge of the Jimmy Savile matter. Concerning the question of whether Thompson ever heard about rumors of Savile’s predatory behavior, Nocera cuts him a break, saying that “given the byzantine nature of the BBC bureaucracy, these... [Read more...]

VOTERS SPLIT ON KEY ISSUES

Catalyst December Issue 2012

President Barack Obama won by a small margin in the popular vote (50.6% to Governor Mitt Romney’s 47.8%), but he won by a large electoral college margin (332-206).  President Obama won big among minorities (African Americans, Asians and Latinos), young people, homosexuals, Jews, secularists, and women (especially single women). By a margin of 53%... [Read more...]

SOME THOUGHTS ON THE CATHOLIC VOTE

Catalyst December Issue 2012

Catholics are a quarter of the electorate, and they voted for President Barack Obama over Gov. Mitt Romney by the same margin as the total electorate, 50%-48%. Contrary to what many pundits said, this figure suggested that the bishops’ campaign for religious liberty, waged against the Health and Human Services mandate, actually paid off: Obama got... [Read more...]

BEWARE ADVICE FROM FOES

Catalyst December Issue 2012

In the wake of the election, practicing Catholics and Protestants of a traditional orientation were inundated with advice from their liberal brethren. The advice generally went like this: to win future elections, conservative Christians need to moderate their views on abortion, gay marriage, immigration, and other issues. In other words, they need to... [Read more...]

PULPIT POLITICS

Catalyst December Issue 2012

M. Alex Johnson of NBC News and the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times were quite upset with the pro-Romney clergy leading up to the election. Yet, they had absolutely nothing to say about pro-Obama clergy members. Consider the facts. The Pew Research Center recently released its findings on this: “Black Protestants are twice as likely as churchgoers... [Read more...]

DeGENERES LETS LANGE RIP NUNS

Catalyst December Issue 2012

Jessica Lange is mostly known as King Kong’s girlfriend, though she has found a new life bashing nuns in the FX disaster, “American Horror Story: Asylum.” Joining with her recently was the ever sensitive Ellen DeGeneres, a woman who bravely stands up against gay bashing. But when it comes to bashing the Catholic Church, she is quite at home acting... [Read more...]

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