Thu, Apr 20, 2006

Media Matters attacked O'Reilly for stating that alleged Duke rape victim "put herself in jeopardy" but failed to note that she actually did.



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Summary: Bill O'Reilly asserted that the woman who alleged she was raped at a party attended by members of the Duke University lacrosse team "put herself in jeopardy."

Media Matters attacked Bill O'Reilly for stating that the woman who alleged she was raped at a party attended by members of the Duke University lacrosse team "put herself in jeopardy." However, Media Matters failed to note that dancing nude in front of a group of over 40 intoxicated men is, by definition, a dangerous act.

From the April 19 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:

O'REILLY: Duke University officials knew the lacrosse team often crossed the line, drinking and acting out in immature ways. The coach was warned last year to rein the players in. Apparently, he did not or could not. The coach has now resigned.

One of the players charged, Collin Finnerty, may be a violent guy. Last November, he was allegedly involved in an assault on a man in Washington, D.C., for absolutely no reason. And he entered a diversionary program.
Fighting, drinking to excess, and generally ignoring social boundaries always leads to bad, unintended consequences. Always.

Likewise, a 27-year-old woman put herself in jeopardy. She has two young kids to support and no fathers in sight. So, in order to earn money, she chooses to go to strange places and disrobe in front of strange men. Do the math.

"Talking Points" is not accusing anyone of anything, or making any judgments at all. What I just told you is on the record -- fact. The lacrosse team operated in a loose fashion. The alleged victim had little control over her environment.

—K.A.