While reporting on the verdict and sentencing of the two Steubenville rapists, the CNN news personalities told us repeatedly how difficult it was to watch these boy's lives being destroyed. How their crime will haunt them.
These criminals destroyed their own lives, when they decided to repeatedly rape an incapacitated girl. When they decided to film and share their horrific crime.
Not once did CNN mention the person whose life was most destroyed by their crime, who will also be haunted for life by their crime... their victim. The young girl who they violated and raped.
Not once did CNN mention the person whose life was most torn apart by their crime. Not once did they acknowledge that her life was also irreparably changed, by them. That she would have to work through the pain, humiliation, self doubt and self loathing, the stigma of rape, for the rest of her life.
The media, and it's personalities have a huge rule to play in shaping public opinion and public perception. With that role comes an equal responsibility to ensure they use that role for the good of society.
CNN's coverage of that story failed to meet that responsibility. Failed miserably. The on air personalities did nothing more than promulgate rape culture in America. A culture that leads to someone being raped or sexually assaulted every two minutes.
Every Two Minutes.
CNN, We are sure the 97% of rapists who will never spend a day in jail appreciated your sympathetic coverage of these two criminals.
The rest of us did not.
We demand an on air apology for your disgustingly biased coverage. Further, we demand that you use your position as a premier news network to focus on changing rape culture in America. Devote an hour long, prime time segment to rape, it's victims, what can be done to prevent it, and how to change the culture that gives rise to this violent crime.
Devote an hour long, prime time segment to rape, it's victims, what can be done to prevent it. Also focus onhow to change the culture that gives rise to this violent crime.
Or better yet... Produce and air a series of in depth segments taking your role as journalists seriously and actually report on the issue of rape, instead of lamenting the plight of rapists.