Request To Interview People About Steubenville Story

I’m putting together some organized interviews to make sense of the Steubenville story — if anyone would like to talk (either being able to use your own name or anonymously) email me at


Atlantic Wire Lies Part Five : At A Party

More confounded lies from the Atlantic Wire and writer Alexander Abad-Santos, who wrote:

On August 22, Mays and Richmond were arrested on charges of rape and kidnapping. The kidnapping charge has been dropped, and Mays is also facing a charge involving illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. (Defense attorneys did not respond to requests for comment from The Atlantic Wire.)

Why only those two? They were at a party, right? And there were all those tweets? 

Well, word spread among the students at or around the party quickly, and as the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported, “Before the 16-year-old girl’s parents reported the crime to Steubenville police, many of the online posts had been deleted — or so students thought.”

To be fair, this is a really common error.

The sexual assaults didn’t happen at a party. They happened 1) in a car and 2) at a house where Mays, Richmond, the victim and three other boys were. It was party. It was a place then went after everyone was kicked out of the party at the Belardine house and then the group was kicked out of the Howarth house.

This also gives lie to the idea that they are scads of ‘witnesses’ who didn’t come forward. They weren’t other witnesses to the crime.

Flashback: Structure Of The Anonymous Steubenville Op

After the trial proved that nearly everything Anonymous / LocalLeaks said about blatantly false, suddenly there was a lot of revisionist history. People started saying that Anonymous wasn’t REALLY involved in the Steubenville operation and that LocalLeaks had nothing to do with Anonymous and other blatant falsehoods.

I take you back to Christopher Doyon aka Commander X interviewed on Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman

X: I think, to begin with, it’s important to understand that this action involved three separate entities that are overlapping and coordinated, but separate. The cyber-action, which involved the hacking and the various other cyber-aspects, were conducted by Anonymous in a very specific cell within Anonymous known as KnightSec. And then the ground protests, which were—took place on two Saturdays in a row—this last Saturday and the one before—were handled by Occupy Steubenville, so that was their responsibility. And then the third sort of part of the puzzle was the Local Leaks, which is the disclosure platform that we have, which released a great—just a copious amount of information on this case.

Own it, people.

Flashback: Ms. Magazine Never Retracted This

Another example –there are hundreds–of how well known, ‘respected’ media hyped up the Steubenville rape case and never retracted their errors. Shame on writer Michael Kimmel: 

The two players who are charged with raping the girl, and the several other players who allegedly participated, are surrounded in a protective bubble. Their fathers steadfastly stand by their sons. Their coaches wonder what the girl might have been wearing and why she got so drunk, suggesting it might have been a case of buyers’ remorse–as if she wanted to pass out and be urinated on and have an iron rod shoved inside her, but then perhaps thought better of it in the sober light of day. The police apparently covered up the crime to protect the boys. And, of course, the community rallied behind the boys, fearing that–gasp!–“their” football team might have a dark cloud hanging over it.

Urinated on? Cover-up? Iron rod? None of it happened.

Zero accountability in the media.

New York Daily News Delivers Fact-Free Smear Of Coach Saccoccia

Steubenville football coach knew athletes raped girl, 16, and still tried to shield them of prosecution: court evidence is the shocking–shocking, I say!–headline that the New York Daily News ran a few days ago.

Here’s are the opening grads of the story:

Steubenville High School football coach Reno Saccoccia not only knew that two of his players had sexually assaulted a teen-age girl during a booze-fueled night last August, he also tried to shield his athletes from prosecution, evidence presented during last week’s trial of the two players suggests.

Saccoccia, who has won three state championships and has been inducted into the Ohio Coaches Hall of Fame, is just one of the Steubenville coaches, parents and students who could face criminal charges after a grand jury reviews evidence from the case next month.

Wow  – that’s big new. The coach knew they had raped the victim and he shielded them? That’s huge.

So, I read the story. I was curious to see the proof that the coach 1) knew about the rape and 2) that he shielded the players.

I read and read. Nothing. Then finally:

Text messages and other evidence presented in last week’s trial suggested that Trent Mays in particular believed his status as a football star — and the privilege “Big Red” football enjoys in Steubenville — protected him from prosecution.

There it is — Trent Mays thought something. Allegedly.

Not only does The Daily News story by Christian Red and Michael O’Keefe not present a speck of evidence that Coach went along with this but it’s contradicted by the trial.

If there’s evidence that the coach knew they’d raped the victim, I have yet to see it. If there’s evidence of a cover-up, I have yet to see it.

Is there evidence of horrible reporting? Yes. Indeed. I’ve seen plenty of thst.

Atlantic Wire Lies Part Four : Football Allegiances

More confounded lies from the Atlantic Wire and writer Alexander Abad-Santos, who wrote:

If not everyone believes the rape happened, aren’t the town’s football allegiances going to get in the way of a fair trial?

Well, yes, there’s this from the Times report: “the county prosecutor and the judge in charge of handling crimes by juveniles recused themselves from the case because they had ties to the football team.”

Let’s go over that question slowly…

The first part is ‘If not everyone believes the rape happened‘; ponder that. Why would it matter if not everyone believed a crime happened? Justice isn’t determined by a vote of an entire city. In this case, there wasn’t even a jury. So what possible difference does it make if ‘not everyone’ believes anything?

Next clause is “aren’t the town’s football allegiances going to get in the way of a fair trial?”; again, ponder. When this article was written, months after Judge Lipps had been on the case. He’s not from Steubenville, has no connection. The football allegiances wouldn’t have anything to do with anything.

But even with that question with the lies baked right in, Abad-Santos answers his own question about a fair trial by saying “Well, yes” and then goes on to point out the very fact–the recusal–that disproves the answer he just gave.