Irish babies in a septic tank? Here’s why it’s a hoax

10 Jun
Celtic cross: Some of the departed get a better send-off than others (Wikipedia photo)

Celtic cross: Some of the departed get a better send-off than others (Wikipedia photo)

I had my suspicions from the beginning. When this story first broke, my first thought was: Where is the evidence? Where are the photos of the corpses? News reports all contained “reportedly” or “allegedly.” Now I know why. We were duped. FORBES reports:

Few of us are inclined to look a gift horse in the mouth, and that applies in spades to journalists running with a sensational news story. But even by normal media standards, recent reports about the bones of 796 babies being found in the septic tank of an Irish orphanage betray a degree of cynicism and irresponsibility rarely surpassed by allegedly reputable news organizations.

Although the media attributed the “dumped in a septic tank” allegation to Catherine Corless, a local amateur historian, she denies making it. Her attempt to correct the record was reported by the Irish Times newspaper on Saturday (see here) but has been almost entirely ignored by the same global media that so gleefully recycled the original suggestion. That suggestion, which  seems to have first surfaced in the Mail on Sunday, a London-based newspaper, reflected appallingly on the Sisters of Bon Secours, the order of Catholic nuns at the center of the scandal.

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