CNN no-comments outcry over breaking coverage of rape verdict
CNN doesn’t want to chat about the tone of its breaking-news coverage yesterday of the verdict in the Steubenville rape case. “[W]e’ll decline” comment, e-mailed Barbara Levin, the network’s vice president for communications.
The Erik Wemple Blog had requested an interview to hear its response to a rash of criticism from folks angered by how CNN had approached the news that 17-year-old Trent Mays and 16-year-old Ma’lik Richmond, had been convicted of raping a 16-year-old. To sum up the backlash, critics jumped on the network’s extensive discussion of the implications for the perpetrators and their plight, with less countervailing discussion of the rape victim. Change.org has launched a petition seeking an apology from the network.