March 8, 2001
volume 12, no. 67

Ted Turner Attacks Catholics...Again!

Does Ted Need Sensitivity Training?

    WASHINGTON, DC, Mar. 7, 01 ( - CNN founder Ted Turner slammed Catholic employees of the cable news station as "Jesus freaks" on Ash Wednesday, according to a report on the Fox News Channel's web site.

    The report Attending a retirement party for anchor Bernard Shaw at the network's Washington Bureau, Turner stunned staffers by noting ashes on the foreheads of Catholics and stating: "What are you, a bunch of Jesus freaks? You ought to be working for Fox."

    Turner's statements were noted in the Political Grapevine column written by Fox News' Washington bureau chief Brit Hume.

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 7 -( - CNN founder Ted Turner, in Washington last week for a retirement party for anchor Bernard Shaw, stunned CNN staffers at the network's Washington Bureau.

    It was Ash Wednesday and a number of those present still had a smudge on their foreheads. "What are you," asked Turner, "a bunch of Jesus freaks? You ought to be working for Fox."

    Turner stirred controversy a decade ago when he said Christianity is, "for losers." He apologized for that, but as recently as last August criticized Christianity for being, "very intolerant."

    That was what Brit Hume of Fox News Network reported yesterday that CNN founder Ted Turner stunned CNN employees in Washington when he made an anti-Christian remark on Ash Wednesday.

    NEW YORK - March 7 - ( from The Catholic League contacted the Corporate Affairs department of CNN in Atlanta today for more about this matter. But all they are saying is that they cannot confirm, or deny, the validity of the story. The Catholic League finds this position unpersuasive.

    Catholic League president William Donohue issued the following statement today:

    “Ted Turner is a recidivist. Like all repeat offenders, Turner evinces an animus against a particular portion of the population. For him, it is Christians whom he despises. That is why he is on record for a) branding Christianity a religion ‘for losers’ b) labeling pro-life Christians as ‘Bozos’ c) insulting the pope with one of his cheap jokes at a pro-abortion meeting and d) blasting Christianity for being ‘very intolerant.’ Now he’s back, this time slamming those who wear ashes on Ash Wednesday.

    “On February 17, 1999, the Corporate Affairs department of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., sent me a copy of Ted Turner’s one sentence apology for mocking the pope. The next day I issued a news release saying that ‘Mr. Turner’s apology is accepted and thus it brings closure to this incident.’ But this time Turner can save himself the effort: any apology he might offer will immediately be rejected for its insincerity.

    “He may be just as dumb as John Rocker, but unlike the Atlanta pitcher, he occupies a position of significant influence in our culture. That is why we look to his superiors at AOL Time Warner to denounce Turner for his relentless attacks on Christians. Indeed, they might want to take a page from professional baseball and ship Turner off for some sensitivity training.”

March 8, 2001
volume 12, no. 67
USA News
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