Posted on | March 17, 2013 | 43 Comments
‘Occupy’ protesters in Steubenville, Ohio, in January.
Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’lik Richmond, 16, were found guilty Sunday in a juvenile court after a four-day trial on charges that they sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl during an all-night drinking binge last August. Lee Stranahan, who exposed the media malpractice and online lynch-mob atmosphere ginned up by the Anonymous hackers, examines the reality of the Steubenville case:
In a bizarre story with a cast of characters that includes the New York Times, a fugitive anarchist and Roseanne Barr, massive media malpractice led to the Ohio town being terrorized in real life by elements of the hackivist group Anonymous. After the major mainstream media and left-wing blogosphere got the story completely wrong by spreading wild rumors that the trial revealed to be totally false, the self proclaimed media watchdogs are nowhere to be found.
The Steubenville rape case is a prime example of the mainstream press botching basic facts, violating all principles of fair reporting and getting away with it. . . .
With an eager assist from Anonymous and a handful of smearmongering blogs, the media allowed this crime committed by two teenagers to metastasize into a bogus narrative that impugned the entire town of Steubenville and even the tradition of high school football, per se. The effort to turn this one incident into a symbol — something about “rape culture” or whatever — is typical of how the media get it wrong with their “make a difference” social-justice crusader mentality.
People who can think for themselves value reporting that gets the facts right, without any What It Means sermonettes.
However, you will find that when you start challenging the media’s politicized narratives, you will be accused of bad motives — mala fides — simply because liberals are more interested in dictating the meaning of events than in getting the facts right.
- Jan. 29: Steubenville Update: Nodianos Video Will Not Be Used as Evidence at Rape Trial
- Jan. 16: Slow-Mo Walkback Beginning? Sheepish Silence From Anti-Steubenville Media
- Jan. 15: Steubenville ‘Rape Crew’? Non-Facts Smear the Innocent in an Ohio Town
- Jan. 14: Lynching Big Red: National Media’s Journalistic Crime Against Steubenville
- Jan. 13: ‘Anonymous’ and Steubenville: Online Lynch Mob Complicates Rape Case