WashPost Buries Hit-and-Run Death Caused by Female Episcopalian Bishop; Front-Paged Catholic Lesbian Scandal
Which offense is more serious? [A] Denying a lesbian communion at a Catholic funeral? Or [B] a female Episcopalian bishop hitting and killing a bicyclist? The Washington Post has picked (A).[What a surprise.]In 2012, they splashed across the front page (with a picture) that lesbian activist Barbara Johnson was denied communion at her mother’s funeral. [Remember Fr. Guarnizo?]
On December 30, the Post [The Washington Post, that is…]buried a hit-and-run-bishop story on page B5 with the headline “Bishop put on leave after fatal crash: Episcopal diocese says Heather Cook drove car that killed bicyclist.”
The No. 2 Episcopal bishop in the Diocese of Maryland has been placed on administrative leave after she was involved in a car crash Saturday that killed a bicyclist.
Bishop Heather Elizabeth Cook, who is the bishop suffragan, or second bishop for the diocese of Maryland, which is headquartered in Baltimore, left the scene but returned later “to take responsibility for her actions,” her bishop said in a statement.
Court records show that Cook received “probation before judgment” in 2010 for a drinking and driving charge on the Eastern Shore, where she worked before becoming a bishop. She had been charged at the time with possession of marijuana paraphernalia as well. But those charges were dropped, and she successfully completed her probation. [Good candidate for “bishop”.]
On December 31, The Post ran another story on page B6 headlined “Bishop involved in fatal crash had a DUI arrest in 2010, and diocese knew.”
Leaders in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland who this spring made Heather Elizabeth Cook a bishop – the diocese’s first female bishop – knew the ugly details of her 2010 drunk-driving arrest but determined “that this one mistake should not bar her for consideration as a leader,” the diocese said in a statement Tuesday. [I want you, all you readers, to pause right now. Pause for a moment. Breathe in. Breathe out. Now… in the story substitute “Catholic” for “Episcopal” and “real bishop” for “pretend bishop”. Imagine what the Washington Post would have done had this been a Catholic bishop who did a hit and run. The national press, every sort of media, would be dancing around the chancery with torches and pig heads on spikes.]
[… lots of unpleasant details… and then…]
The Barbara Johnson [lesbian] communion scandal kept drawing stories on page B-1 or in the A-section, unlike these hit-and-run bishop stories in 2012 (not counting editorials):
March 12: Priest is placed on leave from ministry (Page B-1)
March 15: Priest disputes archdiocese’s account (Page B-1)
March 18: Two unusual Catholics create firestorm (Page A-17, 2499 words) [!]
The Washington Post also creditably stuck to the story of Rabbi Barry Freundel and his improper taping and exploitation of unclothed women in ritual baths. That’s repeatedly been a B-1 story. [QUAERITUR…]So for what reason — other than feminist ideology — is this story being buried in the back?