Fresh on the heels of Reuters' continued failure of journalistic ethics (as WIMN's Voices' own Melissa McEwan describes here, the wire service yet again placed two stories about rape in their "Oddly Enough" section), comes another glaring example for our "Miscategorized News" files, this time from United Press International.
On November 1, UPI reported that MTV'sVincent Margera, known as Don Vito on "Viva La Bam," was
"convicted on two counts of sexual assault on a child for fondling the breasts of two girls -- one 12 and the other 14 -- during a photo op and autograph session at the Colorado Mills skate park last year..."
According to UPI, upon hearing the verdict Margera threw a tantrum in the courtroom, knocking down his female defense attorney, flailing himself on the ground and cursing up a storm... not exactly brimming with remorse:
"'I didn't (expletive) do nothing. You can rot in (expletive) hell,' yelled Margera..."
So, where did UPI choose to place this crime story? In the entertainment section, with the word Entertainment in bold, red letters right at the top of the piece.
You know, because sexual assault of young girls is oh so entertaining.
FYI, to put this in perspective, this means that a headline about a media personality molesting junior high school girls ran sandwiched in between headlines from the same week such as, "Mulder, Scully reunite for 'X-Files' film," "Exhausted Meat Loaf shortens U.K. concert," and "New Spice Girls video to debut on Web."
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