While reporting the outcome of the Steubenville rape trial, anchor Candy Crowley and reporter Poppy Harlow from CNN kept the focus on how the lives of the two boys who were found guilty will now be derailed. Almost totally forgotten in their commentary is the victim of the sexual assault.
As you’ll see in the video, one of the accused, Ma’Lik Richmond, was crying when his sentence was announced–and it was undoubtedly genuine. But, in our opinion he wasn’t crying because he was sorry for what he did; he was sobbing because he was being punished for his despicable crime. He was sad because he got caught. There’s a big difference.
CNN and Candy Crowley should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. They demonstrated that we do have a problem with “rape culture” in this country, yet when Feminists, like Zerlina Maxwell, try and point out that fact they receive death threats.
The victim in the Steubenville rape case said this to the prosecutor during the trial:
Honestly, I was praying that everything I heard wasn’t true. I didn’t want to get myself into drama because I knew everyone would just blame me.
And she was obviously right to be worried she’d be blamed.
A tragedy definitely occurred in Steubenville, but it has nothing to do with two boys–who both made the choice to act like animals and rape an unconscious young girl–not being able to play football or having to go to juvenile detention for a couple of years. After the judge read the verdict Ma’Lik Richmond was heard saying, “my life is over, no one is going to want me now” through his sobs. Maybe he actually understands how rape victims feel now.
Watch CNN go on and on about the boys who were found guilty, with nary a word about the victim: