Bigot of the Week Award: March 22, CNN and Poppy Harlow

22 Mar
Bigot of the Week

Bigot of the Week

Thank you to my friend Jennifer Carey for inspiring me to write this week’s Bigot story.  What a sad tale to tell — how tragic that we see patriarchy put above all else, as Poppy (a woman) bemoans the verdict of the rapists in Steubenville, OH and gives no mention of the rape victim and how the rest of her life has been impacted.

Yes, I have some empathy for the two men who raped the young girl, but I was mortified to see CNN and Poppy Harlow talking ad nauseam about “these poor young men,” and how impressive they were.  She goes on to sing their praises because they offered an apology.  Is it just me, or is this whole thing totally screwed up?  Sadly, I found CNN and Poppy to be quite loathsome.  What about the young woman who was raped? What about her life? Let us not forget that these young men — whom you fawn over — drugged the young woman, repeatedly raped her, and then dumped her body in a yard where they then proceeded to urinate on her. How dare you sing the praises of these two rapists while not giving any acknowledgement of the physical and mental anguish the victim will suffer for the rest of her life. Have you no shame?

Just like Penn State, we see hints of authority figures complicit in a cover-up to protect athletic programs while ignoring the victims. Just like too many examples, we see members of the community heaping scorn on the victim for coming forward. Is it any wonder that so many rapes and sexual assaults go unreported?

If you can stomach it, here is the video of Poppy Harlow on CNN. How sad that we see women in our culture so quick to care take of the male rapists while ignoring the victim — we are truly in the world of Todd Akin.

14 Responses to “Bigot of the Week Award: March 22, CNN and Poppy Harlow”

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 22, 2013 at 6:35 am #

      Bravo! Canada. Nice to see a country making some progress for our transgender brothers and sisters.

  1. Jennifer Carey March 22, 2013 at 6:35 am #

    Let’s not forget Candy Crowley that set the tone for this report and encouraged the “poor rapists” mentality. This coverage was sickening.
    Later that evening, I watched Poppy guest present on Anderson Cooper. Clearly CNN had heard the critique and the tone had changed. However, neither Poppy nor Anderson addressed the previous coverage. I was livid at Anderson who presents himself as a champion of the disenfranchised, yet he let this go unanswered. When people say we live in a “rape culture,” this is what they mean.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 22, 2013 at 6:36 am #

      Jennifer, thank you for your vigilance, as always! Yes, shame on Crowley. I’m saddened by Cooper as well. Are we living in a Margaret Atwood novel?

  2. Christine Noble March 22, 2013 at 6:59 am #

    So very much internalized sexism, sometimes it seems like our work will never be done.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 22, 2013 at 7:04 am #

      Christine, I was truly in despair as I watched Poppy defending the rapists. Yes, this internalized misogyny is exceedingly prevalent in our country right now!

  3. penguinlad March 22, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    What an ugly excuse for journalism all the way around. Even more sad is the response from CNN to the criticism. Apparently the network is calling the concerns “not valid” and Poppy is “outraged” that anyone would impugn her coverage. How despicable.

  4. Jay March 22, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

    If a television program or personality upsets me, I don’t watch.

    I’m not even sure of the channel numbers for Fox News and CNN from my provider (DirecTV). If I want breaking news on TV, I turn to PBS (and if they aren’t providing live coverage, MSNBC is option 2).

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 23, 2013 at 7:12 am #

      Jay, you are very wise. I typically do not watch CNN and usually rely on NPR. My friend Jennifer sent me the video clip of Poppy and I felt compelled to call out her bad behavior.

  5. nevercontrary March 24, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    I don’t watch CNN for reasons just like this. What the hell happened to journalism in America?

  6. Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 22, 2013 at 8:25 am #

    Nancy, thank you for reblogging this. Shame on Poppy and CNN.


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