Hypocrisy: July 2002 Archives

July 30, 2002

Pastoral support

Priests are often at the centre of disasters, using their pastoral skills to comfort and console people. According to eyewitness reports in Lviv's local newspaper, Postup, Ukranian priests are less helpful:

In Kuk's words, when the show began, many priests came to the aerodrome, but when the tragedy occurred, they vanished. Other witnesses say, the priests were jumping over dead bodies with their frocks up; all commanders began hiding.

Generals were drunk as cobblers at the Lvov aerodrome - Pravda, July 30th 2002.

July 14, 2002

Family values

A Kenyan televangelist will appear in court on August 2nd to face charges that she conspired to kill her businessman husband and three brothers in law.

[Mrs Eunice Wambui Kuria], who preaches for a popular television evangelist mission, (Kuna Nuru Gizani), had allegedly tried to pay three police officers Sh 50,000 to commit the heinous act. She was released on a Sh 100,000 bond, with a surety of similar amount.

Preacher in 'Death Plot' - East African Standard, July 12th 2002 (via allAfrica.com).

July 9, 2002

Oops - we lied

United States: The Parents' Television Council is a US-based conservative group which seeks to clean up television - a bit like MediaWatch (neé the National Viewers and Listeners Association, i.e. Mary Whitehouse's mob).

A couple of years back, they turned their sights on professional wrestling and claimed that children were killing other children because they imitated the moves they saw on the telly. In particular, they claimed that the well-publicised murder of Tiffany Eunick by Lionel Tate was influenced by his seeing professional wrestling. WWE Entertainment and an organisation called Wrestling Fans Against Censorship sued. A few days ago, the PTC issued a humiliating retraction.

we were told by a source that Lionel Tate was watching a WWE program when he assaulted Tiffany Eunick. In fact, Lionel Tate was watching the "Flintstones" and a cartoon entitled "Cow and Chicken." We were also told, by a source, that Lionel Tate killed Tiffany Eunick while executing a wrestling move unique to a WWE character called the Stone Cold Stunner.
We have since learned that this was not true, nor was there any evidence that it was true. It is now well documented that after the Tate trial concluded, the presiding Judge said it was inconceivable that Tiffany Eunick's injuries were caused by Lionel Tate mimicking wrestling moves.
Indeed, since the trial ended, Lionel Tate's new lawyers have filed court papers in which they admit that the wrestling defense was, in their words, bogus.
Given these facts, WWE was within its rights to be angry at the MRC, PTC, their spokespersons and I for contacting WWE's advertisers to go beyond complaining about WWE content but passing along accusations which we now know were false. Because I feel a simple retraction is not sufficient, I have personally extended my apology to Vince McMahon and the WWE on behalf of MRC, PTC, Dr. Tucker, Mr. Honig and me.

Bozell, PTC apologizes to WWE - The Miami Herald, 4th July 2002 (via Boing Boing).

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