Thursday, March 21, 2013

Shame on CNN

Below is an email from Nita and Shaunna of UltraViolet, who created a petition on, the nonprofit site that allows anyone to start their own online petition. If you have concerns or feedback about this petition, click here.

Dear MoveOn member,

Recently a guilty verdict was handed down in the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case, in which a 16-year-old girl was raped repeatedly by boys on a high school football team. The verdict was the beginning of justice for this brave young girl, but CNN's coverage was awful. 

The entire CNN panel, including anchorwoman Candy Crowley, reporter Poppy Harlow, and legal analyst Paul Callan focused on what a tragedy this was for the boys and what a shame it was that their lives had been ruined—as if the rape was some sort of unfortunate accident and they hadn't committed a very serious, very invasive, and very life-altering for the survivor crime. 

CNN didn't focus on what this verdict meant for Jane Doe—only sad reflections on the "destroyed" lives of these boys, boys who were caught on tape raping a girl. This is wrong, and CNN owes us all an apology. 

That's why we created a petition on to CNN, which says:

"Your Steubenville verdict coverage was terrible and offensive. These boys committed a very serious crime, and they were held accountable. The verdict that the judge handed down was justice—not a "tragedy." The tragedy was the rape. Please apologize and make this right."

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.


–Nita and Shaunna, UltraViolet

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