The town of Steubenville was portrayed as one that was hungry for football. A town that adored and protected their young high school athletes. Even covered up youthly transgressions. All to keep their best on the field every Sunday. Many times it was mentioned how Steubenville was the real Friday Night Lights.
A funny thing happened along the way. The media itself participated in the adoration. More and more was mentioned of the tragic effect that the rape these rapists committed on a unconscious teenage girl would have on their poor lives. We heard about the estranged father of one of the rapists, who reportedly told his son “I love you” for the first time in his life. We got to watch one of the rapists break down in court. Candy and Poppy provided us with all the context we needed for this horrible decision that had befallen the rapists. They were only kids right? They had their whole lives ahead of them. The emphasis over and over again was how “alcohol-filled” the party was.
More and more the rape and the poor victim receded from view, except in the insinuations of responsibility on her part. For drinking too much. For going to a party without any of her friends. What did she expect would happen?
This is the hypocrisy of a media that would hold Steubenville guilty of football idolatry and commit the same crime in their very reporting of the event.