The verdict is in, and the reaction by CNN and other media outlets paints a very disturbing picture of the left wing view of rape and the rapists. Two high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio were found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl, and yet when the verdict was handed down, CNN went overboard with its sympathy toward the criminals. What about the actual victim???
As reported by the Washington Post, CNN has come under fire for its breaking news coverage:
Here’s some of the transcript:
POPPY HARLOW, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It was incredibly emotional — incredibly difficult even for an outsider like me to watch what happened as these two young men that had such promising futures, star football players, very good students, literally watched as they believe their life fell apart.
One of — one of the young men, Ma’lik Richmond, when that sentence came down, he collapsed. He collapsed in the arms of his attorney, Walter Madison. He said to me, “My life is over. No one is going to want me now.”
PAUL CALLAN, CNN LEGAL CONTRIBUTOR: But in terms of what happens now, yes, the most severe thing with these young men is being labeled as registered sex offenders. That label is now placed on them by Ohio law and, by the way, the laws in most other states now require such a designation in the face of such a serious crime.
That will haunt them for the rest of their lives. Employers, when looking up their background, will see they’re registered sex offender. When they move into a new neighborhood and somebody goes on the Internet where these things are posted. Neighbors will know they’re a registered sex offender.
It’s really something that will have a lasting impact. Much more of a lasting impact than going to a juvenile facility for one or two years.
What is going on here? Are we to feel sorry for these guys? The reason they will be “labeled as registered sex offenders” is because they ARE. They are rapists. And who really cares whether they were “very good students” with “promising futures?” All those descriptions do is attempt to paint of picture of these two as sympathetic figures. They CHOSE to do this. And yet the media paint them as tragic victims? What about the real one? Do you think she is going to be haunted for the rest of her life? Do you think this will have a “lasting impact” on her?
And CNN isn’t the only one. As reported by The Atlantic Wire:
[T]he media’s actually been grieving the ends of these rapists’ young lives for a few days now. It’s just a little more infuriating now that they’re officially guilty. Just before the trial started, for instance, Good Morning America published a sprawling preview under the headline, “The Steubenville Rape Case: What You Haven’t Heard.” What follows is a retelling of the whole saga with plenty of attention paid to the “honors student” Mays and wrong-side-of-the-tracks Richmond. The piece ends on a sympathetic note, almost bemoaning the fact that the two teens “face incarceration in a detention center until their 21st birthdays and the almost-certain demise of their dreams of playing football.”
This is a truly sick society that laments the future of these rapists while completely disregarding the fact that they are GUILTY of one of the worst crimes imaginable. What’s puzzling is trying to figure out the agenda of the media in this case. Do they want to blame the victim? Do they want to send a message that rape is ok? Are they saying that if you go to a party and drink, the laws don’t apply? Whatever it is, it’s just plain sick.