CNN’s coverage of the Steubenville rape story has been roundly criticized after the cable news network focused on the devastating effect on the ‘promising’ lives of the rapists and not the 16-year-old victim.
As the breaking news of the guilty verdict against Steubenville High School football players Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’lik Richmond, 16, was relayed from the Ohio court-room on Sunday, anchor Candy Crowley turned to correspondent Poppy Harlow, who seemed more affected by the tearful reactions of the two teens.
Harlow described the scene in the court as, ‘Incredibly difficult, even for 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.’
‘One of the young men, Ma’lik Richmond, as that sentence came down, he collapsed,’ added Harlow, saying that the rapist turned to his attorney and said, ‘my life is over, no one is going to want me now.’
During the segment, CNN aired court-room video of Richmond in floods of tears over the verdict while he hugged his lawyer. Read more via The Daily Caller...