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CNN's Appalling Steubenville Report

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 18, 2013

In case you missed it, this is the stunningly insensitive piece CNN had after the verdict in the Steubenville rape case. It's all about the defendants and their futures, and utterly insufficient in acknowledging there was a victim in this case, and how the defendants' expressions of sorrow and regret did not come until after there was a verdict. The report has been greeted with rage aplenty, notably in this Gawker piece, which includes the following:

It's perfectly understandable, when reporting on a rape trial, to discuss the length and severity of the sentence; it is less understandable to discuss the end of two convicted rapists' future athletic and academic careers as if it were somehow divorced from the laws of cause and effect. Their dreams and hopes were not crushed by an impersonal, inexorable legal system; Mays and Richmond raped a girl and have been sentenced accordingly. Had they not raped her, they would not be spending at least one year each in a juvenile detention facility. ...

That isn't how rape trials ought to be discussed by professional journalists.

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