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McCarrick: story the secular media don’t want to pursue?

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Aug 22, 2018

Julia Duin, who worked for some years as the religion reporter for a secular newspaper, now wonders aloud why the mainstream media haven’t followed up obvious leads on the McCarrick scandal. The Catholic News Agency has found several priests to confirm that “everybody knew” about the former cardinal’s beach-house shenanigans, she observes; why haven’t the major urban dailies, with their enormous resources, done the same sort of follow-up?

I’m not sure whether it’s the lack of religion beat reporters or whether media just don’t want to tackle the gays-in-the-priesthood angle that’s the big elephant in the media living room right now, but I’m not seeing a ton of original reporting on McCarrick. Two large newspapers and some Catholic media are all that’s out there. Where’s USA Today? Where’s the Associated Press?

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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