March 21, 2013

(h/t Dave at VideoCafe)

Here (above) is the C&L video that rocked CNN's world and caused all the ruckus last Sunday. Candy Crowley, and especially Poppy Harlow are shocked -- SHOCKED -- that anyone would call them rape apologists because of the tone of their reporting. That tells me they're tone-deaf.

Via The Wrap:

Meanwhile two insiders at CNN exclusively told TheWrap that the controversy had hit reporter Poppy Harlow, covering the events in Steubenville, particularly hard.

“Poppy is taking this extremely personally as a woman,” said one executive. “She’s outraged that someone would think she’d do such a thing” as slant her coverage toward rapists. “It’s gotten so out of control.”

The outrage stemmed from Harlow standing outside the courtroom after the verdicts were read on Sunday, visibly moved by watching the young men collapse at the news of conviction. “I’ve never experienced anything like it,” she said on the air. “It’s incredibly emotional, even for an outsider like me. These two young men, with promising futures, star football players, A students, literally watched as their lives fell apart.

Ok, Poppy, I'm going to explain this sloooowly. Let me reword it for you: These two young men, with promising futures, star football players, A students, literally took advantage of a drunk, passed-out 16-year-old girl. Not only did they rape her, they took pictures and video of themselves doing it and uploaded it to social media sites in order to make themselves look like big, strong, manly men. Moreover, Poppy, these two young men then assumed that it was perfectly fine for them to do such a thing because they were football stars and so Coach would cover them.

"...literally watched as their lives fell apart."

Not only did they watch as their lives fell apart, they watched her life fall apart and laughed about it, tried to intimidate her, and sucked up to her father in the hopes they wouldn't be held accountable.

The proper response, Candy and Poppy, was to show some empathy for the 16-year old victim of their crimes, who had the guts to stand up and tell her story even as all three cable networks were airing her full name.

The proper response, Candy and Poppy, was to express at least a symbolic measure of relief that for once, justice was done.

Those boys did enough crying for themselves. They didn't need you to cry for them, too, essentially justifying their acts!

By the way, ladies? The victim was an A student, too.

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