NY Times Responds to Backlash Over Reporting of an Alleged Child Rape

By: Joe Pompeo | Yahoo! News

The New York Times came under attack Wednesday from bloggers claiming that James C. McKinley Jr.’s disturbing March 8 article about the alleged gang-rape of an 11-year-old girl laid blame on the prepubescent victim.

The social justice website Change.org went so far as to start an online petition to “Tell The New York Times to issue a published apology for their coverage of this incident and publish an editorial from a victim’s rights expert on how victim blaming in the media contributes to the prevalance of sexual assault.”

No such apology or editorial has yet appeared, but the Times did publish a letter to the editor about the article in Thursday’s paper; and blasted out a link to the missive on the paper’s official Twitter account late Wednesday night.

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