McClatchy-owned Kansas City Star won't run $25,000 Catholic ad defending Church, bishop

Catholic League President Bill Donohue — “Ten years ago, there were 1,869 employees at the Star; today there are 840,” he said. “Given these data, turning down $25,000 – in today’s economy – must mean the Star is more concerned about getting Bishop Finn than it is the welfare of its own workers.”


The hyper-partisan Kansas City Star supported law-breaking Johnson County Community College leaders — President Terry Calaway, Devry administrator Don Weiss, former Metcalf Bank CEO Jon Stewart, and others — even after their “diversity” leader Carmaletta Williams had called a Catholic student “depraved;” even though they give a no-bid contract to the incompetent lawyer Mark Ferguson, who is a law partner with former Democratic Party Chairman Larry Gates; even after they kept disgraced former President Charles Carlsen on the JCCC Foundation’s leadership; even after embarrassed leaders cancelled video-recorded broadcasts of public meetings (citing budget reasons) but at the SAME meeting hired a $120,000 “image consultant;” even when The Kansas City Star’s editors AGREED with the Kansas Press Association, the Kansas Association of BroadcastersKMBC-ABC Channel 9 General Manager Wayne Godsey, and myself that JCCC violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act; even after US Judge Eric Melgren ruled JCCC had illegally expelled students from a nursing program for not violating any JCCC rule nor privacy law by posting a picture of an unidentifiable placenta online; even after Terry Calaway went out of his way to try to say that the students were “temporarily dismissed”… and not “expelled,” and even after President Calaway strangely attacked the character of the students (along with providing an insight into Calaway’s views about the potential dangers of “damaging social media” on the Inter-tubes) with this statement, still on JCCC’s Web site, which says in part (emphasis added):

“The entire college community is disappointed that the students have decided to abandon the academic appeals process and take their grievances to the court for resolution,” said Terry Calaway, JCCC president. “We regret that the students used such poor judgment to take such a unique educational opportunity that was presented in a private clinical setting and broadcast it on the Web. We teach our students to respect the confidentiality of patient care, which extends beyond the hospital room and includes situations when the nurse is not in the presence of the patient. The actions of the students showed not only poor judgment, but also lack of respect and a complete disregard for the ethical standards of the nursing profession…

“We will not tolerate such insensitivity on the part of our nursing students. We also must protect the reputations of our business partners in health care. We provide students with real-life patient care opportunities, and we take our responsibilities very seriously. Please know their actions do not reflect the standards of our nursing program, which is renowned for the quality of its instruction and its graduates. Thankfully, the situation was brought to our attention by other students in the nursing program. We are grateful they recognized the inappropriateness of the other students’ actions and sought advice from their faculty, who took immediate action to ensure the posting was removed.

“We will do whatever we need to do to reassure the community that this behavior is not what we teach at JCCC. Because we cannot tolerate such unprofessional behavior in our students, we took what we believed to be appropriate action. The behaviors of the students were insensitive and disrespectful toward the mother and the human tissue involved. The fact that this story has so quickly gone viral is evidence itself of how damaging social media can be if not used appropriately.

The Kansas City Star “won” the 2006 “Maggie Award” from tax-funded national abortion provider Planned Parenthood.

Kansas City-area writer Jack Cashill in 2007:  “… [Wichita-area late term abortionist George] Tiller would not have prevailed without the full throated support of the local media. In fact, for its repeated slander of the “anti-choice extremist” [former Kansas Attorney General Phill] Kline, the Star won Planned Parenthood’s top media honor last year, the “Maggie Award,” named for its eugenicist founder, Margaret Sanger.”

Now, this from the Catholic News Agency:

“Almost two weeks ago, we contacted the Kansas City Star about running a full-page ad on Sunday, October 30,” said Catholic League President Bill Donohue. The ad criticized the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) – the subject of a recent Star profile – and defended Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Robert W. Finn against what Donohue calls “politically motivated attacks.”

“On October 25, we submitted the ad exactly the way they wanted it, and indeed gave them our credit card information to pay the $25,000 fee,” Donohue recalled in an Oct. 31 statement. “On October 26, we received an e-mail which said that ‘The Publisher has respectfully declined and did not share the details as to why.'”

CNA made several unsuccessful attempts to discuss the matter with Star Publisher Mi-Ai Parrish, during the week of Oct. 31.

Derek Donovan, readers’ representative at the paper, referred questions to Parrish…

An assistant to Parrish confirmed that she was in the office, but unavailable, when contacted.

Director of Advertising Jennifer Kisser said on Oct. 31 that she was “not familiar” with the ad in question, and had “not heard a thing about it.”…

Donovan said the paper’s call for Bishop Finn’s resignation in a June editorial, had not compromised its later reporting on the bishop…

On Nov. 2, Donohue reminded league supporters of a 1999 survey by the Star, asking Catholic priests nationwide about their sexuality… “No other religious or secular institution was surveyed.”


Connect with Benjamin Hodge at FacebookTwitterLinkedInThe Kansas Progress, and LibertyLinked. Hodge is President of the State and Local Reform Group of Kansas.  He served as one of seven at-large trustees at Johnson County Community College from 2005-’09, a member of the Kansas House from 2007-’08, a delegate to the Kansas Republican Party from 2009-’10, and was founder of the Overland Park Republican Party in 2011.  His public policy record is recognized by Americans for Prosperity, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters,the Kansas Press Association, the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, the NRAKansans for Life, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).


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