Should CNN Apologize?

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Registered: 07-05-2005
Should CNN Apologize?
Tue, 03-19-2013 - 9:41am

Thousands of people have signed a petition calling on CNN to apologize for its controversial coverage of the Steubenville rape trial.

The network drew fire on Sunday after many critics said it spent more time focusing on the damage to the lives and the "promising futures" of the two teenagers convicted of raping a girl than on what had happened to the girl herself. Though it was not alone in its emphasis on the boys, CNN received the brunt of the outrage.

The petition, which was posted to, had received over 30,000 signatures by early Monday afternoon. (UPDATE: by Monday night, the petition had drawn over 80,000 signatures.)

Did anyone catch their coverage of the trial? Do you think it was inappropriate? Should they issue an apology?

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Registered: 03-21-2013
Thu, 03-21-2013 - 7:08am

CNN should apologise simply because news anchor or reporter should not shown any biases in giving news. Although, I do understand that they entitled to have their opinion but not on taking just one side.

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Registered: 09-01-2002
Tue, 03-19-2013 - 1:05pm

Hi.  I thought CNN's coverage was inappropriate.  Especially since it was really only 2 women reporting on the verdict ~ Poppy (someone) and Candy Crowley.  I'm more disappointed in Candy because she's a seasoned reporter, interviewer and even handled one of the Presidential town hall debates (if you remember them, Candy's was the best one ;).  It wasn't that they didn't focus on the victim.  There's not much to say.  It was that they could only gave air time discussing the futures of 2 shallow teenagers who knew better.  CNN could have done this without these 2 female reporters sulking and sounding so concerned for the rapists.

The questions (to fill air time) could have better been asked of men/women in the football world about how this will impact the football careers of these two teens.  (Their futures are over, by the way.)  Other than that, there really wasn't much else to discuss on air, no jurors to interview, no victim to interview, and surprisingly the rapists' lawyers weren't talking at that time.

I don't need CNN to apologize.  It would be insincere.  Just think about this as more people are listening to them for unbiased news, not their opinions.

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Tue, 03-19-2013 - 10:19am

If it's accurate then yes, I agree CNN should apologize.  I watch more CNN than any other station (I do love Fox's OReilly!) but I hadn't noticed or maybe I just wasn't paying as much attention, There's a lot of headline news I think they've been covering well.