Catholic League says Kansas City Star rejected its $25,000 ad

Catholic League press release
The rejected Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights ad is critical of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), saying it’s “a lie” that the group represents those who’ve been abused by any authority. “It concentrates almost exclusively on the Catholic Church,” says the League’s ad. It also claims:

* “SNAP is so hateful that it even endorses Gestapo-like tactics used against the Catholic Church.”
* “The reason why SNAP wants to bring down Bishop Finn is because it always shoots for the top”
* “Their real goal is control — the control of the Catholic Church.”
* “….fascistic means are acceptable to SNAP.”

The Catholic League says the ad was written “because we strongly defend Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn against the politically motivated attacks on him.” The group adds that it gave the Star its credit card information to pay the $25,000 fee, but on October 26 — the day after the ad was submitted — “we received an e-mail which said that ‘The Publisher has respectfully declined’ and did not share the details as to why.” I’ve asked Star publisher Mi-Ai Parrish for comment. || Here is the ad that the Catholic League submitted to the McClatchy-owned Star.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JY6V6PTCK5PGTCAZJIKO4PRYZA SarahTX2

    Are you saying that you believe that anyone can put any kind of opinion in a newspaper merely by paying enough money?  Do you ever see ads in a newspaper like the one he wanted to force the Kansas City Star to print?  It was over 2,100 words.  That is not an ad. 

  • KEVIN OBRIEN

    Jaybird, here’s the evidence that you want.  The Catholic League badly misrepresented the facts of the Bishop Finn case: http://thwordinc.blogspot.com/2011/10/spin-shall-set-you-free.html .  I go over Donahue’s assertions one by one.

  • F. Douglas

    Jaybird, you are exactly right. It will be — and is — a sad day when newspapers publish only things that they agree with. Sarah simply doesn’t understand what journalism is all about. The Catholic League ad merely expresses opinions. The only reason I can see not to publish such an ad is that it libels someone — but I don’t see any libelous material in this ad. What the Kansas City Star is thinking, I don’t know. Puzzling. I assume they are like other newspapers, hurting for revenue. That’s roughly half a staffer’s salary for a year.

  • Anonymous

    What can one say?  William Donahue is indeed a pathetic soul.  But his rants serve to enhance the efforts to protect our children nationwide, regardless of the institution, environment or arena (public or private).

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but nowhere in Donahue’s presentation did he reveal the fact that a Catholic principal and concerned parents had notified the Bishop’s Office a year prior to the actions taken against Father Ratigan.  The diocesan response that Bishop Finn did not see the letter is best described as disingenuous.

    I don’t know about anyone else but I believe that Mr. Donahue is a twin of Archie Bunker from the much-loved “All in the Family.”  Appearance, style, dialogue, vitriol, logic, inference and mannerisms – they’re all there.  But where is Meathead?

  • jaybird1951

    You are playing with words. An ad is more than just a sales method for a product or service. It can also be a statement of one’s views on an issue. It looks as though your idea of a newspaper of integrity is one that shares your ideological biases and bigotry. I suspect, Sarah, that Bill Donohue understands far more about the journalism game than you do or ever could dream to. He has been dealing with journalistic bigotry and unfairness for decades now. The kind of nonsense the KC Star pulls is sadly, rather more common around the country than most would realize. As Arthur Schlesinger once wrote, anti–Catholicism is the last acceptable bigotry in this country.  

  • jaybird1951

    Instead of your making a scurrilous claim that the Catholic League lies, I want to see your detailed evidence for the assertion. I know of course, that you cannot provide any proof. It is plain to see that the KC Star refused the ad because it contradicts the Star’s biases.  

  • Anonymous

    I’m more interested in knowing if what SNAP says is the truth than I am in their alleged motives for stating that truth. Truth doesn’t seem to be an issue with the Catholic League.

  • Anonymous

    I’m more interested in knowing if what SNAP says is the truth than I am in their alleged motives for stating that truth. Truth doesn’t seem to be an issue with the Catholic League.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JY6V6PTCK5PGTCAZJIKO4PRYZA SarahTX2

    Woodside, it’s not an ad.  No newspaper with any integrity will print it for any amount of money.  It was a loss of integrity for the New York Times to take his money and print his previous rant.  Or maybe it was a joke.  Donohue doesn’t understand journalism. 

  • woodside333

    What’s wrong with u sarah? The Catholic League is paying for it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JY6V6PTCK5PGTCAZJIKO4PRYZA SarahTX2

    That’s not an ad.  It’s an editorial.  And a long one at that.  If it was worthy of publishing, the Kansas City Star would have put it in the newspaper as an editorial for free.  Bill Donohue thinks he can shove $25,000 at a newspaper and try to force them to publish his rants.  Does Poynter really consider it to be an ad?  I thought Poynter was all about journalism.  The Star editor should make no comment at all.

  • Anonymous

    This donahue is a scary individual. Hey it’s Hollaween, maybe he’s out scaring folks.