New user? Register here:
Email Address:
Password:
Retype Password:
First Name:
Last Name:
Existing user? Login here:
 
 
Press >

Press finds cesspit irresistible

by Andrew Brown

Posted: 13 Jun 2014 @ 12:14

TWO things this week to illustrate how little facts count against the power of story. The first and most egregious is the claim that 800 babies' corpses had been disposed of in a septic tank behind a home for fallen women run by nuns in Ireland.

This originated in The Irish Daily Mail, but was picked up and repeated as fact by The Washington Post: "Bodies of 800 babies, long-dead, found in septic tank at former Irish home for unwed mothers" was its headline, under ...

If you have a valid subscription to Church Times, please log in to view this content. If you require a subscription, please click here.
Job of the week

Dean

Wales

Dean of Bangor The Bishop of Bangor seeks applications for the office of Dean of Bangor. The Dean will lead the teams responsible for the mission and witness of the Cathedral Church of St Deiniol and...  Read More

Signup for job alerts
Top feature

Numbers have always mattered

Numbers have always mattered

David Goodhew argues that numerical growth has always been central to the Church's mission  Read More

Question of the week
Will you change your holiday plans as a result of this attack?

To prevent multiple voting, we now ask readers to be logged in. This is free, quick and easy, honestly. Click here to login or register

Top comment

Leader: A work of the Spirit

Size is only one indicator of health, and not always a reliable one  Read More

Mon 6 Jul 15 @ 17:08
RT @LivDioceseCould your church have a winning fundraising idea? Enter this £10,000 comp from @Ecclesiastical and @churchtimes http://t.co/0kLhvnesiM

Mon 6 Jul 15 @ 12:16
RT @matthewcashmoreSome people say that being an Ordinand in the @CofE is a dull and boring thing… I would have to argue with that. http://t.co/oE42r0Veg3