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Tuesday, November 26, 2002
4:59 PM

Sorry about the light blogging; pre-Thanksgiving mayhem is taking over. I'll try to post a few stories from other regions of the Blog that meet the standards of the PostWatch executive committee. Here's one via Catholic and Enjoying It! you've probably seen if you hang out in the same neighborhoods I do, from Rod Dreher at NRO, who describes a "deafening media silence" over the death of Mary Stachowitz. She was murdered by a very young gay man who resented Stachowitz's disapproval of his homosexuality:

Obviously, this woman was a Nazi. As a state's attorney told the Chicago Tribune, "He got upset with her. The defendant punched and kicked and stabbed the victim until he was tired. He then placed a plastic garbage bag over her head and strangled her."

He reportedly then jammed her body into a crawlspace under his floor. A 19-year-old man allegedly did this to a 51-year-old woman, who came to visit him after receiving communion at a nearby Catholic Church, not because of anything she did to him, but of what she supposedly said to him. He didn't say, "Ma'am, my private life is none of your business, now please leave," or even, "Begone, bigot!" — both of which are understandable and defensible responses. No, he allegedly tortured the poor thing to death.

Dreher says this is as morally heinous as the murder of Matthew Shepard, and of course he's right. And sure enough, the Stachowitz murder is nowhere to be found in the pages of the Post. The True Cliche of my blog is to imagine if the tables were turned. Except we don't have to imagine it--the tables have been turned and we know exactly what happens: carpet-bombed coverage.

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