Here's the original case:
Two teens sentenced for raping a 16-year-old girl.
CNN has recently come under fire for the direction of its news coverage following the verdict, with sources claiming the focus was less about the victim and geared instead towards the impact the verdict will have on the two teens convicted of raping her.
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CNN's coverage has generated so much controversy that an online petition has been created, calling on the network to issue an editorial apology in light of their apparent focus.
What's your take? Are the sentiments justified?
If so, what could this suggest about the direction of mainstream news coverage on sensitive social issues, like rape? Does this point to a larger problem in American culture that fundamentally misses the importance of victim's rights, while concentrating instead on the accused and the result their crime/s have on their respective lives?
If not, why do you believe there's been such a significant outcry? Is this simply an example of manufactured controversy?