On CNN, Candy Crowley’s and Poppy Harlow’s (Poppy Harlow?) on-air commentary about the convicted rapists was indeed bizarre and they’re being called out for it pretty much by everyone. Now there’s a petition calling for an apology. Not a bad idea, but even more importantly I hope people realize this is a window into what the death of right and wrong looks like, and reveals how craven some in the liberal media really are.
On Sunday, the Steubenville rape trial concluded with the judge finding two high school football players — Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’lik Richmond, 16 — guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl. The case itself has received a widespread coverage, but after the verdict was handed down, CNN became part of the story due to reporting “sympathetic” with the accused. A petition, with more than 30,000 signatures, is asking for a public apology from the network.
The petition criticizes the network for “sympathizing” with the rapists rather than the victim.
[Their] discussion was interspersed with footage of Mays and Richmond sobbing in court, which Harlow deemed “hard to watch.” After Callan’s assessment, Crowley jumped back in to note that the girl’s life will never be the same again.
It didn’t take long to see the backlash, especially on Twitter, much of which was directed at Harlow for her “shameful,” “poor rapists” mentality. (Storify has a sampling of the reaction here.) Jezebel and Gawker also weighed in with a critical take, with the former offering up a piece on what CNN should have said.
Over at the Huffington Post, Kia Marakechi asserted that “it’s telling that this tone continued over multiple segments, despite a cadre of tweets and blog posts deriding the network’s earlier coverage.” With a hefty number of signatures already, it won’t be surprising to the petition gain many more.
Here’s the segment at issue:
As of this writing the petition is now at 67,316 signatures. You can check it out here.