usual feminists take one bad story,
usually true but not always and rarely
the whole truth, and try to use this
anecdote to back up their manufactured
statistics (Which they "heard"
somewhere else but never stand up
to fact checking).
are bad stories on BOTH sides of the
domestic violence debate the problem
is it is being exaggerated to give
woman the upper hand in all divorce
and custody cases. Courts are more
than happy to issue restraining order
on request of any female when no domestic
violence whatsoever has ever occurred.
It seems that between 50% and some
say 95% of all restraining orders
issued in Massachusetts are offensive
weapons in divorce and do not protect
anyone - in fact they raise the chance
of violence, false incarceration,
bankruptcy, foreclosure and many other
nasty side effects CAUSED BY this
from George Courtney, head of Fathers’
Rights Association of New York regarding
yesterday’s Albany’s Times Union piece:
piece is a shocking and vulgar propaganda
piece written by an editor of the
Times Union with a 1 1/4" bold
header, showing us what we already
knew that the Times Union endorses
this type anti-father slander. There
is no regard of the truth or the facts
by the author.
The so called
"documentary" was supported
by the "unbiased" Mary
Kay cosmetics company thru their generous
$500,000 grant to PBS. Mr. Bob Port
shows no level of professionalism
in the column and obviously excluded
any input from Fathers .
A carefully planned
rebuttal on a wide front is extremely
important or we will be perceived
as tacitly accepting the false allegations
contained in the article and the "propaganda
w/ regards George
C. Fathers Rts Assoc. NYS Capital
Want to write to the
Albany Times Union about their anti-father
snail mail: Albany Times Union
645 Albany-Shaker Rd
Albany, NY 12205
from Jeffrey Nadeau, of Dalton, MA,
with respect to the PBS Special and
the North County Gazette Article:
is used to gain custody in court?
It is not even recognized in Mass.
courts. What a joke this is.
PBS "Breaking the Silence"
Not Ready For Prime Time
October 17, 2005
by Carey Roberts
Propaganda pieces normally contain
an indisputable kernel of truth, which
is then artfully embellished with
innuendo, distortions, and half-truths.
By that standard, the upcoming PBS
program, Breaking the Silence: Children’s
Stories, doesn’t even qualify as good
The program is so
larded with Leftist fantasies and
sweeping stereotypes you begin to
wonder if producers Dominique Lasseur
and Catherine Tatge thought they were
doing a special for Sesame Street.
A nice bedtime story wouldn’t be so
bad, except this tale targets fathers
Breaking the Silence
leads off with this whopper: “One-third
of mothers lose custody to abusive
husbands.” That outrageous statement
contains two falsehoods.
First, divorced fathers
win custody of their children only
15% of the time, so the one-third
figure is obviously suspect. (Rinaldo's
Notes: In Massachusetts, its even
much less than this.)
Second, women are
known to be just as abusive as men.
As a recent report from the Independent
Women’s Forum notes, “approximately
half of all couple violence is mutual…when
only one partner is abusive, it is
as likely to be the woman as the man.”
Continuing its mean-spirited
dissing of dads, Breaking the Silence
goes on to claim that children are
“most often in danger from the father.”
Apparently the producers never bothered
to read the recent report from the
US Department of Health and Human
Services which reveals that the majority
of perpetrators of child abuse and
neglect are female. [www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/cb/publications/cmreports.htm]
But the real objective
of the PBS fusillade is to whitewash
the problem of Parental Alienation
Syndrome. Divorcing parents – usually
mothers – sometimes try to turn the
children against the other parent.
If the mother can claim that the kids
are refusing to talk to dad, she is
almost certain to win child custody.
John Gray, PhD, author
of the best-selling book, Men are
from Mars, Women are from Venus, describes
women he has seen who “will do all
sorts of things to prevent the father
from taking charge of the children,
then they’ll turn around and say the
father doesn’t participate.”
The problem of brainwashing
moms is well-known to lawyers, attorneys,
and psychologists. I’ve seen this
problem myself, and the long-term
effects on children can be so profound
that I consider it one of the most
pernicious forms of child abuse.
But the rad-fems
want to keep the lid tightly sealed
on PAS, since it is one of their most
effective ploys for excluding fathers.
And gaining child custody is a mother’s
meal ticket to many years of tax-free
child support. So Breaking the Silence
does everything to discredit PAS,
calling it “junk science” and a psychological
To lend the veneer
of scientific respectability, the
producers brought in Joan Meier, a
law professor at George Washington
University. But Meier brings her own
set of credibility problems. In a
recent interview, she made this claim
from left field: “batterers are twice
as likely to contest as non-batterers.
And they often win sole or joint custody.”
Maybe Meier was suffering
from a brain cramp that day. Or perhaps
she was thinking of Clara Harris,
the Texas woman who fatally battered
her husband by driving over him with
her car. Just seven months after her
murder conviction, Harris was granted
custody of her two five-year-old boys.
So why would PBS
engage in this wanton abuse of truth?
The answer lies in the broader feminist
crusade to overturn the Patriarchy.
Get dad out of the picture, they say,
and the children will grow up to be
more enlightened human beings.
But research proves
the opposite is true. Countless studies
show that kids with absent dads do
far worse on a broad range of academic,
social, and psychological indicators.
the Nazi propaganda minister, is credited
with the concept of the Big Lie. Repeat
a falsehood a thousand times, and
it becomes the truth.
In 1935, the Big
Lie claimed that Jewish bankers and
businessmen were wrecking the German
economy, which necessitated their
forced removal from society. Seventy
years later, the Big Lie would have
you believe fathers constitute a menace
to women and children, so their exclusion
is necessary as well.
This coming Thursday
at 10pm, the Public Broadcasting Corporation
is planning to air the latest incarnation
of the Big Lie -- unless they hear
from viewers like you. Contact your
local PBS station at
Because even Big
Bird needs a daddy’s hug.
Carey Roberts is a researcher and
consultant who tracks gender bias
in the mainstream media.