Let's say you're a community leader with power, prestige and importance. You are presented with two problems afflicting your followers:
a) The whispers are getting louder and can't be ignored. Sexual abuse of young students in your school system by their trusted teachers is rampant. People on the outside know about it. Your denials are falling on deaf ears. But a Jew in the local secular government has enlisted the help of a respected talmid chacham to deal with this in as proactive a way as possible.
b) Some of your older activists don't like the "modern" music being played at simchas and listened to by the youth of the community. They don't like the drums, the saxophone or the electric guitar. Old fashioned stuff, like the kind they used to make 200 years ago is fine but this new techno-stuff? It's a toeivah!
You get to choose one issue to deal with. Which is it? Sexual abuse of minors or that old time rock 'n' roll?
If you're a sensible person, you choose (a) in a heartbeat. A community thrives on the health of its members, especially its young ones who represent the future. Sexual abuse is, in every way, the worst form of abuse, leaving incurable scars in the psyche of its victims for life. How many mitzvos in the Torah are there about protecting one's weaker brethren, punishing the wicked and keeping a safe society for all it's members?
If you're a Chareidi leader, on the other hand, you go for (b). You hire Rav Avi Shafran to condescendingly dismiss those who are making the effort you're not to bring the abuse situation to light. You hire other writers to publicize all the great things that the Chareidi community is doing to avoid discussion of the subject. You allow street thugs in black hats and yarmulkes to accost and harass the previously mentioned talmid chacham into pulling out of the government venture by making it clear to him that he is not only physically in danger if he cooperates with the authorities but that his family's life will be hell too. And then you go back to discussing the ban on post-1750's music, the parameters, how much trumpet is too much trumpet, are Spanish guitars too modern, etc.
Why? Why the obvious lack of contact with reality?
Probably because the Chareidi leadership, more than most other forms of leadership in the Jewish community, seems to be completely cut off from the rank and file that they effectively rule over. Accessed by a handful of self-righteous zealots, they hear about how modern music is contaminating the pure Torah atmosphere of their community. So they respond accordingly to protect their constituency, or so they think. And they know next to nothing of the sexual abuse in their yeshivos due to the efforts of those same zealots to discredit and destroy any who would try to make them public.
This is a recipe for a social disaster. May Heaven give them true understand so that such a thing does not happen.