Oh Those Poor Boys: CNN Becomes Most Trusted Name in Rape Apology

Abby Zimet

Much entirely justified outrage at CNN's bizarre, victim-blaming coverage of the Steubenville, Ohio rape case, wherein their commentators described how hard it was to watch "sixteen-year-olds just sobbing in court," all the while lamenting the "promising futures" of those "star football players" whose "lives fell apart - with others calling the case a "cautionary tale for teenagers living in today’s digital world,” as though their error wasn't raping a defenseless young woman but recording it. What the?! More on a rape culture that should, in fact, be the focus of discussion here, along with media coverage of same. And a scarily prescient 2011 piece from The Onion about a star basketball player who comes back to his former glory after enduring the rape of a young woman, which would be hilarious if it wasn't so damn right on.

Update: A Change.org petition demanding CNN apologize for its grievously slanted coverage already has over 45,000 - make that 230,000 - signatures.

And more: The lawyer for one of the boys plans to appeal because his client's 16-year-old brain wasn't "fully developed" enough to know he shouldn't rape an unconscious girl. Bill Maher: "That's what happens when you keep it in your penis."

"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 believed their lives fell apart." - from CNN

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