ABC Touts the 'Message' Tyler Clementi Case Sends, Even If It Goes 'Beyond the Facts'
On Friday's Good Morning America, Chris Cuomo interviewed the
man convicted of "bias intimidation" against a gay college student who
took his own life. Co-host Robin Roberts admitted, "...So many people believe this case went beyond the facts, that a clear message was trying to be sent here." Cuomo, then touted the "message" that was sent.
He began, "The agony, in this situation, for the families involved, for people like you who fight for victims' rights, is we need a message about bullying. It's pervasive." He added, "Then, this case comes. Finally, we get that message."
anchor (on GMA to preview the story) seemed to go back and forth on
whether the need for a message justified what he, at one time, called a
"confusing" trial: "The question is, is this the right case? Is this the
vehicle to let people know nothing like this could ever happen again?
Cuomo also spoke about the case on the March 16th edition of World News. The journalist talked about whether it was actually proven that Dharun Ravi, the roommate of Tyler Clementi, committed a hate crime by recording a private sex act.
He oddly suggested, "This bias law was confusing. There wasn't a lot of hate evidence presented in the so-called hate crime case. So, this verdict today is not an end in the fight against bullying. We are at the beginning of that fight."
So, the law is "confusing"? The case may have gone "beyond the facts"? Certainly, the issues of bullying and Clementi's suicide are important, but shouldn't these points be a big focus for journalists?
A transcript of the March 23 segment, which aired at 7:30am EDT, follows: