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June 21, 2014

Remember That Irish Orphanage Horror Story? Well... [Y-not]

Spotted on @CraigR3521's Twitter feed:

Associated Press Apologizes for Its Coverage of the Irish Orphanage Story

Read the post by Kathy Schiffer at Patheos. Apparently, the AP issued an apology a NON-pology:


In stories published June 3 and June 8 about young children buried in unmarked graves after dying at a former Irish orphanage for the children of unwed mothers, The Associated Press incorrectly reported that the children had not received Roman Catholic baptisms; documents show that many children at the orphanage were baptized. The AP also incorrectly reported that Catholic teaching at the time was to deny baptism and Christian burial to the children of unwed mothers; although that may have occurred in practice at times it was not church teaching. In addition, in the June 3 story, the AP quoted a researcher who said she believed that most of the remains of children who died there were interred in a disused septic tank; the researcher has since clarified that without excavation and forensic analysis it is impossible to know how many sets of remains the tank contains, if any.

Kind of a lot of corrections, huh?

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posted by Open Blogger at 05:39 PM

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