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Rapists as Victims

Two high school football players were convicted over the weekend of raping a 16 year-old girl.  They were tried as juveniles, and thus, under Ohio law, cannot be held beyond their 21st birthdays.

It is far from unheard of for the media to gush over defendants as supposed victims of an uncaring/racist/class-ridden state, not to mention evidence-hiding (or evidence-manufacturing) prosecutors. This time, though, they overdid it, resulting in a good bit of howling from usual media allies.

CNN, in particular, got panned.  As reported by Yahoo News, some of CNN's coverage of the verdict and sentencing was as follows:

"I've never experienced anything like it," CNN correspondent Poppy Harlow said live outside the juvenile court in Steubenville. "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."


[Candy] Crowley then discussed the case with CNN legal contributor Paul Callan.

"You know, Paul, a 16 year old now just sobbing in court, regardless of what big football players they are, still sound like 16 year olds," Crowley said. "The thing is, when you listen to it and you realize that they could stay until they're 21, they are going to get credit for time served. What's the lasting effect, though, on two young men being found guilty in juvenile court of rape, essentially?"

Enough is enough, so some of the response was:

"One way to report on the outcome of a rape trial is to discuss the legal ramifications of the decision or the effect the proceedings may have on the life of the victim," Gawker's Mallory Ortberg wrote. "Another angle reporters can take is to publicly worry about the 'promising future' of the convicted rapists, now less promising as a direct result of their choice to rape someone. Reporters at CNN today chose the latter technique."

One might hope that sobbing over criminals will draw liberals' rebuke in more than just rape cases, with their Politically Correct undertow.   We shall see.


Sympathy is not the right word, but it is possible to feel some bit of sadness for the boys who did this. But let's face it, these guys got off somewhat easily. Maybe that's ok--they are juveniles, but the weird bit of pathos from the news reporters is just odd. The girl in this case has suffered an incredible amount. And it's beyond repugnant for Ms. Harlow to shed a tear for these two rapists.

Ms. Harlow & Ms. Crowley,

Do you also feel sympathy for pedophiles, or do you have some type of moral cutoff? What if it were you or your daughter - would you still sympathise with these two so called "good boys"? I think not. Are these the type of boys you would want your daughter to hang out with, date, or go to a party with? The way they've been described, it would seem so - hell, they sound perfect, oh, except for the fact that they are RAPISTS.

One of the YouTube videos shows the boys laughing about how “dead” the girl looked and joking about the idea of raping her. They certainly weren't laughing in the courtroom. Rape is NO laughing matter.

Simply repulsive that the time has come when news is reporting sympathy for the rapists and there is NO mention of the victim whatsoever.

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