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A Closer Look (Media Controversy) #196434

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 10, 2001
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The furor among conservatives over the lack of media coverage of the killing of a teenage boy in Arkansas because the two men accused of murder are gay introduced.

(Rogers and Bentonville, Arkansas: Erin Hayes) The rape, torture and murder in Rogers, Arkansas, by gay men Joshua Brown and Davis Carpenter of 13-year-old Jesse Durkhising reviewed. [Via audio, BROWN - describes "messing with" Jesse.] [Benton County prosecutor Bob BALFE - describes how the boy was murdered.] [Neighbor Diane WATKINS - comments on the gay men.] [Defense attorney Louis KIM - says the murder was not intentional.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(New York: Aaron Brown) The issue of whether the murder case was not widely reported for fear it would feed anti-gay prejudice examined; scenes shown of protests outside the Bentonville courthouse. ["Boston Herald" columnist Don FEDER - says the media does not want the public to think about gay sex crimes.] ["The New Republic" senior editor Andrew SULLIVAN - comments on anti-gay prejudice.] The massive media coverage of gay teen Matthew Shepard who was beaten and murdered by two straight men recalled. ["USA Today" media reporter Martha MOORE - explains how horrific crime stories are covered by the national press.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Further coverage on noted.

Brown, Aaron;
Hayes, Erin;
Jennings, Peter

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