You're right Linda. The truth stands on its own. And they are guilty of covering over abuse just as those they denounce. Furthermore, I like what Ian wrote:
Watchtower DOES have paid clergy! COs and DOs are given an allowance and a brand new car to get about in. PLUS, in our congregation we always donated money to them to "help them get by."
OK, the allowance isn't much - but I never saw any overseers starving, threadbare and driving around in rust buckets.
And the Circuit Overseers have to give their approval of brothers who are suggested for becoming elders. Also, by the press the local elders are recognized as the spokesman and authority for the local congregations.