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Federal Attorney trades real investigation for iffy Catholic witchhunt

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It shouldn't be a surprise to learn that LA's top US Attorney, Thomas O'Brien, is seeking new uses of laws to persecute old and even dead Catholics. This fact that doesn't seem to bother Times editors either, who treat a leaked "scoop" from the Attorney's office as Catholic-bashing business as usual this morning.

You often have to go out of town to find real journalism. The New York Times, and Senator Diane Feinstein, noted last year when O'Brien, a Bush appointee, suddenly rearranged the chairs in the US Attorney's Office when the Feds seemed to be closing in on Republican Rep Jerry Lewis, named by as one of the top twenty corrupt clowns in Congress by a Congressional watchdog group. Lewis has also been called one of the most corrupt in Congress by Rolling Stone.

But the LA Times and the Fed's local office have generally given Lewis a pass since O'Brien scrambled the investigation, and fixed their sights on a far more Democratic target (Mahony gave the invocation at the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles). While media and judicial inquiry into Republican Jerry Lewis's conduct has all but dried up, the local former fishwrap of record has found yet more room and resources to devote to yet another front-page, above-the-fold Catholic basher this morning.

The Times has been passing off old-news Catholic abuse stories as fresh for six years now, during which its circulation has dropped steadily. Though there are two million Catholics in Los Angeles, it is thought that only a few dozen subscribe to the paper.