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    At Least 200,000 People Want CNN to Apologize for Its Sympathetic Steubenville Covera

    At Least 200,000 People Want CNN to Apologize for Its Sympathetic Steubenville Coverage - Adam Clark Estes - The Atlantic Wire

    Remember the CNN broadcast a few days ago, when Candy Crowley and friends bemoaned the fates of the Steubenville rapists? That didn't go over well, and nearly a quarter million people want the network to do something about it. In the two days since the verdict was read, a Change.org petition asking for CNN to make an on-air apology okay, several on-air apologies has gained over 215,000 signatures and looked to be on track to reach the self-assigned goal of 300,000 in a matter of hours. In other words, a lot of people are not happy with how CNN covered the Steubenville trial, and they're not going to forget about it any time soon.
    Now, this isn't about the trial. In my opinion, both the guys deserved to be tried in a real court, not juvenile court and their sentences of 1-2 years in juvenile correction facility is too little. What they did is gang rape and it should be condemned with the full force of the law, as well as be labelled sex offenders and be targetted for life. If you differ, fine, but this topic primarily about CNN.

    CNN covered this story accusing the victim and being favorable towards the rapists. I mean really, this is a new low, and congrats to the viewers of CNN for standing up and demanding that this sad excuse for a news network apologise and never repeat the same mistakes as it did, and I think they should demand that candy crawley and all the people who covered this event in such light, get fired. I mean this is just horrible. Just horrible.

    CNN is supposed to be the balanced network, the more fair network... a more... correct and reliable news site coverage site than the hyper partisan ones like NBC and MSNBC on one hand, Fox on the other.

    But nooo... they lament the sentencing to a very light sentence of 2 rapists who gang raped a girl at a party and took pictures. don't tell me this wasn't intentional, it was fully intentional and CNN messed up. It shouldn't have been sympathetic towards the victim either, it should have been fair and balanced and present the facts as they were. Not try and produce sympathy for the rapists.
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    Re: CNN takes side of rapists, viewers demand apology

    I caught the original broadcast, and watched it again just now.

    I am not seeing overt prejudice by CNN.

    All of these overly emotional clowns need to stop their whining, and stop wasting everyone's time.

    Lord, but this country is turning into a bunch of thin-skinned whining little pussies.

    It's embarrassing.
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    Re: CNN takes side of rapists, viewers demand apology

    They were just confused because the rapists were black and nobody told them who they should be rooting for. I blame the sequester.

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    Re: CNN takes side of rapists, viewers demand apology

    Quote Originally Posted by tech30528 View Post
    They were just confused because the rapists were black and nobody told them who they should be rooting for. I blame the sequester.
    Somewhat incorrect. One of the rapists was black, the other was white.
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    Re: CNN takes side of rapists, viewers demand apology

    I don't get the outrage. I never heard the reporters say that their lives being destroyed was bad or undeserved. It is tragic that it had to go there because those boys chose to do what they did, but that is not saying that the punishment is wrong on the heavy side. that is just saying they are going to suffer the consequences of their choices, and given who they were they might have enjoyed a rather good life had they chosen a different path. Yes, i am sure it is emotional to watch people you have not been directly wronged by facing permanent consequences that will destroy their lives, but hopefully someone out there will remember that the next time they see a drunk chick somewhere and decide not to ruin their lives for some stupid sexual encounter with a half dead person. I did not see any of them blaming the victim for this outcome. Certainly when they talked about the emotion they talked about the boys actions which got them these consequences and didn't say that she was in the wrong for pressing charges. About the only thing i see is that they did not cheer that the boys would have their lives destroyed. yes, I would have liked to have seen a bit more cheering, but they are right that none of this had to happen, and all of the crap that comes from this is on the boys.

    There was the amusing point about the father never saying he loved his son until he was convicted of rape. I guess it is better that it was way to damned late than ever, but at least the father recognizes he probably had some influence over his son's terrible behavior. Perhaps someone can point me to where CNN actually said this was the victim's fault and the boys did not deserve the sentence they got because it was too harsh because it certainly was not in the clip that was shown in the article. The clip did show the emotional destruction and effects of the sentencing on the guilty, and that is honest. Just because you were guilty does not mean you want to face the consequences of your actions, or that you are going to be happy about being a sex offender for the rest of your life and potentially pissing away almost every opportunity that awaited you.

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    Re: CNN takes side of rapists, viewers demand apology

    Quote Originally Posted by SMTA View Post
    I caught the original broadcast, and watched it again just now.

    I am not seeing overt prejudice by CNN.

    All of these overly emotional clowns need to stop their whining, and stop wasting everyone's time.

    Lord, but this country is turning into a bunch of thin-skinned whining little pussies.

    It's embarrassing.
    You get a like for the red part.

    But I disagree with you. The CNN coverage was focused intensively on breeding sympathy for the rapists, giving them much of the span of the attention, including that BS apology sequence which is obviously staged by those guys and didn't mean it. Granted ,the black rapist made a more convincing theatric than the white rapist but still, theatrics. But it was all designed to breed symapthy for the gangbangers. Because they were gang rapists. Funny, they were never actually rapists, just people who were accused of rape in an alcohol filled environment.

    It is despicable.

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    Re: CNN takes side of rapists, viewers demand apology

    The whole point here is the reporter got on an emotional level with the story, siding those emotions with how the rapists felt when handed their conviction. It adds insult to injury for the victim and the victims family.

    When a politician makes a poor public remark, they face the consequences and apologize, sometimes having to step down from their position. I think the reporter should issue an apology and find a different line of work. It isn't CNN's responsibility to issue an apology, it's the responsibility of the reporter. CNN should fire the reporter.
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    Re: CNN takes side of rapists, viewers demand apology

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    You get a like for the red part.

    But I disagree with you. The CNN coverage was focused intensively on breeding sympathy for the rapists, giving them much of the span of the attention, including that BS apology sequence which is obviously staged by those guys and didn't mean it. Granted ,the black rapist made a more convincing theatric than the white rapist but still, theatrics. But it was all designed to breed symapthy for the gangbangers. Because they were gang rapists. Funny, they were never actually rapists, just people who were accused of rape in an alcohol filled environment.

    It is despicable.
    Maybe watching them cry and boo-hoo showed them to be the crying little pussies they really are.

    Maybe watching them apologize showed them to be guilty liars after all.

    In any event, who cares.
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    Re: CNN takes side of rapists, viewers demand apology

    Everyone's entitled to their opinion, or would you prefer that they first get their opinions approved by government oversight?

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    Re: CNN takes side of rapists, viewers demand apology

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    You get a like for the red part.

    But I disagree with you. The CNN coverage was focused intensively on breeding sympathy for the rapists, giving them much of the span of the attention, including that BS apology sequence which is obviously staged by those guys and didn't mean it. Granted ,the black rapist made a more convincing theatric than the white rapist but still, theatrics. But it was all designed to breed symapthy for the gangbangers. Because they were gang rapists. Funny, they were never actually rapists, just people who were accused of rape in an alcohol filled environment.

    It is despicable.
    Maybe some of us are cynical and recognize that many people probably cry and lose it when they are sentenced. It does not actually make me feel sympathy. Sympathy is a much different emotion than pity for the consequences of a really stupid crime they had a choice about doing. It is sad and pathetic those boys did that. them crying over it makes it more pathetic. Can you please point me to a phrase that says the boys should have gotten less punishment, or that they got screwed over by being charged with rape? Just because they cried doesn't mean i feel sympathy for them. yes, when you want truth in broadcasting you did get a bit of it here. Of course they feel sorry, their lives are screwed. If that bawling apology came right after the crime I might buy that it might be real, but they took to making fun of her right after.

    People want to dance around and celebrate the destruction of the lives of these boys because it makes them feel better about something they cannot change. It helps you to enjoy their pain because then you think that justice has been served and nothing else needs to be done. Still, tomorrow the victim will have to live with the same thing again. No amount of punishment takes that away. Not that they should not be punished, but the only reason you want them top be punished is because you want to think something can take the pain away for the victim. You don't want the boys to be seen as sorry, you want them to be hurt. The sorry part got in the way of the warm fuzzy you would feel if they just broke down crying. Just enjoy their tears and remember that part of you is just like the part in them when they decided to revel in their crime the day after just for the sake of causing their victim more pain. embrace your dark side and quit complaining because it disturbs you.

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