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Friends of the Groom?

By Diogenes (articles | Nov 22, 2003

Jeff Miller raises the question of why the media have developed a stutter in reporting on the world's most notorious p-p-p-p- entertainer.

Looking at the headlines on Michael Jackson it is interesting that the word pedophile is never used in connection with him. Google News returns about 8,000 stories on Michael Jackson and they use molestation and 0 stories with the terms Michael Jackson and pedophile. The terms priest and pedophile turns up 70 stories over the last couple of days.

Personally I think the term pedophile almost always darkens counsel -- it's one of those words that, as Flannery O'Connor said, have "a private meaning and a public odor" -- but just as the media did not spare us details about the boys left bleeding after sundry priests "entertained" them, neither were they bashful about using the P-word of clergymen. Why should Michael Jackson get a pass? Perhaps we might find a clue here.

Richard Cross holds a doctorate in psychology, who has taught at the university level, including at Franciscan University. He is currently an educational researcher and consultant in the field of psychology and related disciplines.
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