People are busy, of course. They can’t read every story, much less vet every fact in those stories.
That’s why the public needs news media it can trust.
Remember : Matthew Belardine has not been accused of covering up a rape.
The Steubenville Rape Care has been misreported since the time that an obscure blogger named Alexandria Goddard got involved. Goddard, who has her own axe to grind against Steubenville as well as her own history of bizarre sexual assaults. helped lead the MSM down a path of bad reporting, rumor and flat out lies.
If you aren’t up to speed on the story, I’ve blogged about it extensively on my site Steubenville: The Real Story.
The town of Steubenville itself came under attack. Officials and citizens were harassed and threatened. Schools were shut down because of threats. A computer hacking released false and defamatory information as well as bank records.
But not one arrest for the pompous terrorists who often hid behind the Guy Fawkes mask of Anonymous.
After seeing the media onslaught, Ohio Attorney General chose to jump on the bandwagon of attacking the residents of Steubenville.
The goal is to make the false rumors that ‘coaches and officials covered up the Steubenville rape case’ seem true.
Well, A.G. DeWine got this headline.
Trial Set For Matthew Belardine, Football Coach Accused Of Thwarting Steubenville Rape Investigation
I told you to remember : Matthew Belardine has not been accused of covering up a rape.
The rape occurred AFTER the party. Matt Belardine had no firsthand knowledge of it at all.
He didn’t thwart the rape investigation.
Does the truth matter?
Not to the AP.
Not to the Huffington Post.
Not to the dozen of other media outlets that will pick up the AP Story.
Not when Mike DeWine needs a headline.