New York Post Defends Front Page Photo Of Kelly Accuser

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On Thursday, we alerted you to the New York Post's front page, which despicably featured a photo of Greg Kelly's accuser and scare quotes around the word "rape." We weren't the only ones who thought that. Other media outlets like Daily Intel and Jezebel expressed similar sentiments, and a Facebook group called "Shame on the NY Post" has emerged. Today, The Post defends its decision -- couching said defense it in paparazzi-like images of the woman.

The Post story first belittles those that decry the paper's actions which are "enraging social network aficionados who believe -- despite the findings of a lengthy Manhattan District Attorney's Office investigation -- that she is the victim of a sex crime"

The Facebook group does not contend to make any judgments on the results of the investigation:

We don't claim to know what happened in this case or any specific case, but character assassination of this young woman is not fair. In addition, it feeds a cultural stereotype that makes it (even) harder for people to report rape and sexual assault.

The paper goes on to use a quote from Editor-in-Chief Col Allan to buoy their defense:

"Ms. Di Toro is not a victim of a sex crime," said New York Post Editor-in-Chief Col Allan. "The Post only identified her after the district attorney made this determination."

Yes, Kelly will not be charged with rape. That is a fact. But this issue has nothing to do with the Post simply reporting the facts of the investigation. It even goes beyond a debate as to whether it is okay to name her in light of the district attorney's decision. As Gothamist notes, "the fuss isn't about identifying her." What people are mad about is the Post's perpetuation of the social stigmas placed on any and all women that accuse men -- guilty or innocent -- of sexual assault. What the Post did, has done and continues to do is egregious example of slut-shaming. Let's not forget the way they treated their coverage of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case. Now, the most recent article about Kelly's accuser says she "sauntered past reporters camped out in her Kips Bay neighborhood." We can argue semantics, but it's hard to not look at "sauntered" as a loaded word.

Oh, and at the end of the story the Post throws in that Kelly works at Fox 5, which is a News Corp. publication along with the Post.

[EstherZuckerman / ezwrites]

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Pokun
Pokun

Where was the outrage when Greg's Kelly's name and photo where published throughout the newspapers and the interwebs before the facts where known?

Also there is the fact that all the evidence points to her lying (SHE SENT HIM SEXTS AFTER THE RAPE!!!!!)

I feel like with liberals the man is always guilty the woman is always right.  Personally I am disgusted that people are still calling this woman a victim and standing up to her.  What about sympathy for the guy who almost had his life destroyed by a lie?

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alexandre mcfly
alexandre mcfly

when you own the cops and own the media you can do whatever the fuck you want.

wgalison
wgalison

NYPD Complicit in Murder of Mortgage Fraud Whistle-Bl­­ower

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In 2010, Sunny Sheu posted a Youtube video reporting his kidnapping by two NYPD detectives­­, and their threats of death if he reported the mortgage fraud ring that stole his house. In the video, Sheu predicts he will be killed by New York State Supreme Court Judge Joseph Golia and the NYPD cops who kidnapped him.

Weeks later Sheu was found bludgeoned to death on a cul de sac in Queens.The NYPD illegally removed his body from the hospital hours after his death and sent it to the Medical Examiner with a fraudulent note saying that Sheu had died of natural causes.

The Medical Examiner wouldn't play along and ruled the cause of death “Blunt force trauma to the head with skull fractures and brain injuries”. and the manner of death “Undetermi­­ned”. 

Despite the ME’s ruling, no investigat­­ion was conducted - the body was removed from the morgue by a phony “executor” with no relation to the deceased, and cremated.

The NYPD refuses to respond to requests for informatio­­n under New York Freedom of Informatio­­n Act. 

All the above statements are substantia­­ted by public records which can be found at:

http://www­­.sunnyshe­u­.blogspo­t.­com

This is the ONLY CASE ON RECORD IN NY HISTORY of a death ruled "undetermi­­ned" going without investigat­­ion.

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