CNN once again proves why American mass media is such a pathetic joke and unworthy of even 1 viewer. In this video, the members of the Steubenville Rape Gang get a minor slap on the wrist and get charged as minors. The sentences ranged from 1 to 3 years in juvenile detention despite the fact most are 16 or 17 years old. In most large American cities it is very common for defendants as young as 12 years old to be charged as adults for similar offenses, so these rapists got off very easily. Despite the slap on the wrist charges CNN's heart bleeds for the rape gang members. Candy Crowley asked Paul Callan, a legal expert, to expound on the future of the leaders of the rape gang [my words not her's], stressing their youth and emotional vulnerability.
16 year olds just sobbing in court, regardless of what big football players they are, they still sound like 16 year olds...what's the lasting effect, though, on two young men being found guilty in juvenile court of rape, essentially?
The most severe thing with these young men is being labeled as registered sex offenders. That label is now placed on them by Ohio law...That will haunt them for the rest of their lives. Employers, when looking up their background, will see that they're registered sex offenders. When they move into a new neighborhood and somebody goes on the Internet, where these things are posted, neighbors will know that they are registered sex offenders.
Not a word about the rape victim, nothing about how her life is forever scarred by being ganged raped and then being held up to ridicule on Facebook and Twitter for the world to see. Nope, CNN's concern is for the future of these rapists. There are some legit concerns about the sex offender list, for example where an 18 year old boy is charged with statutory rape for having consensual sex with his 17 year old girl friend or someone being charged as a sex offender for getting caught taking a leak on the side of a building, but this isn't such a case.
This kind of reporting is more at home in the 1950's or in some Middle Eastern backwater than a modern democracy. If you would like to see an example of actual journalism done right, one need not look any further than Democracy Now. Not only did they have an interview with the Anonymous hacker [ X ] who made the damming videos public, they also interviewed the blogger [Andrea Goddard] who kept pushing as the local corrupt sheriff tried to sweep it under the rug. CNN talked to neither of these people. Instead their coverage was limited to courtroom video and a slew of celebrity Nancy Grace type legal analysts.