Archive for July, 2014

Review in The Daily Beast

July 12, 2014

There is an excellent review of The Witch-Hunt Narrative today in The Daily Beast! The author is Jason Berry, the award-winning journalist who wrote the first major expose of the child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. His book Render Unto Rome won the Investigative Reporters and Editors 2011 Best Book Award. Berry’s review ends as follows: “Cheit’s revisionist history is grounded in a documentary record and obsession to distill truth from process; it is likely to be a controversial book, but it is one that journalists should embrace.”

 

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Evidence in the Keller Case

July 10, 2014

This post elaborates on some of the evidence in the Keller case, discussed in an article that was just published on Huffington Post. The article, which is about the witch-hunt narrative writ large, argues that the evidence of abuse in the Keller case has been minimized or denied, while the “satanic” aspects of the case, which were never part of the charges, have been exaggerated.

  • Dr. Mouw’s Testimony 

The Keller case began the day that a mother took her daughter to the Emergency Room, after the little girl screamed “It hurts, it hurts” while urinating. The Emergency Room doctor, Dr. Michael Mouw, found two different signs of sexual abuse. Seventeen years later, the doctor told a reporter that his diagnosis was likely incorrect.

Dr. Mouw’s claim has been accepted at face value, without any apparent skepticism or scrutiny by those advancing the witch-hunt narrative. Yet, on close examination, there are two reasons to discount Dr. Mouw’s current claim. First and foremost, it is flatly contradicted by his testimony in 1992, when he said repeatedly that he had “no independent recollection” of the exam. [1] His subsequent testimony was based entirely on the notes he made at the time of the examination, conducted in 1991. Yet, Dr. Mouw now claims that “years later,” while attending a seminar, he realized that his diagnosis in this case was incorrect. [2] How could he possibly remember this examination “years later” when he had no independent recollection of it in 1992?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

July 8, 2014

Screenshot 2014-07-08 23.46.50The Witch-Hunt Narrative was featured today in the second half of the Leonard Lopate Show on public radio in New York City. You can listen to the 30-minute interview here.

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