11/27/13, "Duke Rape Accuser Got 160 TV News Stories on Accusation, 3 on Murder Conviction," CNSNews.com
"When Crystal Mangum falsely accused several Duke lacrosse players of
rape in 2006, there were 160 television news stories in the first five
days after the players were arrested, but in 2013, when Mangum was
convicted of murder and sentenced to 14 years in prison, there were
only 3 television news stories, a difference in coverage of 5,233%.
When the Duke lacrosse-rape story broke in March/April 2006, it was
huge news, garnering massive, widespread coverage by the networks ABC,
CBS, and NBC, as well as by FOX, CNN and MSNBC, and the print press,
such as USA Today, New York Times and Washington Post.
Basically, the story was that members of the Duke lacrosse team had a
party on March 13, 2006
at an off-campus house where two strippers had
been hired to perform – one of them was Crystal Mangum, then 27 years
old. At some point there were some verbal exchanges between Mangum and
some persons at the party. Mangum left with the other stripper and
later that evening/early morning Mangum told police she had been raped.
The story was explosive and politically correct: privileged white
lacrosse players at a prestigious college rape underprivileged young
black woman. As events developed, three lacrosse players were eventually
arrested and charged; the Duke lacrosse coach, Mike Pressler, received
threatening phone calls and was forced by Duke to resign; the
president of Duke University, Richard Brodhead, suspended the entire
lacrosse team for the season; liberal Duke faculty members, the “Group
of 88,” signed an advertisement in the Duke Chronicle that
reportedly suggested the rape claims were true; the initial
prosecutor, Mike Nifong, was disbarred for his misconduct and
convicted of criminal contempt; all charges against the 3 players –
Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty, and David Evans – were dropped.
Although the rape claims by Mangum were totally false, she was not charged with a crime.
The lacrosse players Finnerty and Seligmann were arrested on Apr. 18,
2006, and charged with rape and kidnapping. In the five days
following, Apr. 18 – 22, a Nexis news search of the terms Duke, rape,
and lacrosse in "All English Language News," shows there were 673 news
stories, 160 of which were from television news outlets and NPR.
Those 160 television news outlets included ABC’s World News Tonight, Nightline, Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News, the Today show, NBC Nightly News, CNN Live, Fox News, MSNBC’s Scarborough Country and Countdown, and myriad other TV news programs.
Last Friday, Nov. 22, Crystal Mangum, the false Duke-rape accuser, was convicted by a jury
of second-degree murder – she had stabbed her boyfriend – and
sentenced to 14 years in prison. In the five days since, Nov. 22-26, a
Nexis news search of the words Crystal Mangum, murder, Duke, and
lacrosse in "All English Language News" reveals there were 48 total news
stories but only 3 television news reports – one on Fox and two on
The big television networks – ABC, CBS, and NBC – and the liberal MSNBC and NPR did not report on Mangum’s murder conviction.
The difference in coverage is noteworthy: 160 stories vs. 3 stories
in the first five days of each event. That’s a ratio of 53 to 1, and a
difference in coverage of 5,233%.
The television news industry (and NPR) gave 5,233% more coverage to
the dubious allegations against the three lacrosse players -- which
were proven to be completely false and politically charged -- than they
gave the jury-tried murder conviction of Crystal Mangum,
accuser." via Drudge
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