The thoroughly reprehensible Boy Scout scandal got – wait for it – very different coverage in Saturday’s local dailies.
From the Boston Globe:
Accusations of molestation hidden in confidential records for decades
The alleged abuse happened on camping trips, in tents and trailers, inside sleeping bags. Boys from Cape Cod to the Berkshires, granted the privilege of sleeping beside one of their revered scout leaders, were touched, grabbed, fondled in the night.
Again and again, a top Boy Scouts’ official delivered an identical, two-sentence response to letters from district council leaders outlining the offenses: “Thank you for the detailed infor mation concerning the above Scouter. We have reviewed this case with our attorney and have now placed this man on the Confidential File.”
Documents released this week under a court order paint a devastating picture of thousands of episodes of abuse, dozens in Massachusetts, that occurred on Scout-organized outings from about 1965 to 1985.
But the Boston Herald coverage painted a very different picture:
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown — a victim of sexual abuse as a child — is calling for a federal investigation into the Boy Scouts’ secret “perversion files” and said he would consider supporting a move to revoke the Scouts’ federal charter if the organization rebuffs attempts to root out predators.
“Anytime you have abuse — as someone who has been abused — it’s personal,” Brown said yesterday during a campaign stop in Quincy. “I think we need to do a more thorough investigation.”
The hardreading staff, on the other hand, would like to see a more thorough investigation of the Boston Herald as house organ for the Scott Brown campaign.