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Tuesday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 13, 2012

— Looks like Florida Republican Vern Buchanan is a sleazebag on the order of Darrell Issa. Quelle surprise — not.

Could this be the end of the most powerful man in the Republican Party?

Radio-Info.com reports that Premiere Networks, which syndicates the Rush Limbaugh show, told its affiliate radio stations that they are suspending national advertising for two weeks . Rush Limbaugh is normally provided to afflilates for free in return for running several minutes of national advertisements provided by Premiere each hour. These ads called “barter spots.” These spots are how Premiere makes its money off of Rush Limbaugh and other shows it syndicates.

But without explaination, Premiere has supended these national advertisements for two weeks. Radio-Info.com calls the move “unusual .” The development suggests that Rush Limbaugh’s incessant sexist attacks on Sandra Fluke have caused severe damage to the show.

So Premiere’s taking a huge bath just to keep Rush on the air? How can they afford this? Is Rush himself dipping into whatever savings he might not have blown on Viagra and trips to the Dominican to help out Premiere?

— The world’s largest network of pedophile enablers is now taking off the gloves in its legal fight to make its critics go away:

Turning the tables on an advocacy group that has long supported victims of pedophile priests, lawyers for the Roman Catholic Church

and priests accused of sexual abuse in two Missouri cases have gone to
court to compel the group to disclose more than two decades of e-mails
that could include correspondence with victims, lawyers,
whistle-blowers, witnesses, the police, prosecutors and journalists.

The group, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,
known as SNAP, is neither a plaintiff nor a defendant in the
litigation. But the group has been subpoenaed five times in recent
months in Kansas City and St. Louis, and its national director, David
Clohessy, was questioned by a battery of lawyers for more than six hours
this year. A judge in Kansas City ruled that the network must comply
because it “almost certainly” had information relevant to the case.

The network and its allies say the legal action is part of a campaign by
the church to cripple an organization that has been the most visible
defender of victims, and a relentless adversary, for more than two
decades. “If there is one group that the higher-ups, the bishops, would
like to see silenced,” said Marci A. Hamilton, a law professor at
Yeshiva University and an advocate for victims of clergy sex crimes, “it
definitely would be SNAP. And that’s what they’re going after. They’re
trying to find a way to silence SNAP.”

Lawyers for the church and priests say they cannot comment because of a judge’s order. But William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights,
a church advocacy group in New York, said targeting the network was
justified because “SNAP is a menace to the Catholic Church.”

Mr. Donohue said leading bishops he knew had resolved to fight back more
aggressively against the group: “The bishops have come together
collectively. I can’t give you the names, but there’s a growing
consensus on the part of the bishops that they had better toughen up and
go out and buy some good lawyers to get tough. We don’t need altar
boys.”

You shouldn’t be talking about altar boys, Mr. Donohue. No, really, you shouldn’t.

UPDATE: I am reminded that I should be providing a way for you all to get in touch with SNAP to help them fight off Donohue and the bishops for whom he fronts:

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
PO Box 6416
Chicago, IL 60680-6416

http://www.snapnetwork.org

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