July 25, 2003

Naming Names II

Washington Post media writer Howard Kurtz is "troubled by the media spectacle surrounding the Kobe (Bryant) case, where Kobe gets pummeled by the press while the accuser gets to hide out, trotting out her friends to say how much jaw-dropping evidence there is against the basketball star."

Kurtz suggests that "perhaps a reassessment is in order" about mainstream media's policy of withholding names of accusers in sex cases. "Although," Kurtz asks pointedly, "why do we only hear about such media soul-searching when a hugely famous person is involved?"

He frames the debate in the same stories I cited yesterday - Geneva Overholser's Poynter column, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Denver Post.

 Howard Kurtz Outing Kobe's Accuser

Posted by Tim Porter at July 25, 2003 06:51 AM