UPDATE: The Inquirer Apologizes for Sex Crime Tweet

Paper apparently needs its social media training wheels.

[Update 10:20 am] The Inky has apologized: Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 10.22.51 AM …much to the relief of its readers: Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 10.24.58 AM [Original] Hey, we all know the social media sphere is supposed to be a little more loosey goosey than “real” media, but come on, Philadelphia Inquirer, you’re better than this: Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 5.51.36 AM Little hint: Never ever a good idea to seem cavalier about a sex crime. Ever. Your readers certainly know that: Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 5.51.18 AM

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  • buzzbye

    Libtard media.

  • Gint Gotat

    STOP APOLOGIZING. Literally cant go 24 hours without drivel like this popping up.

  • ChristopherMAnderson

    Good for the Inquirer for acknowledging their error. The NY Daily News would do well to pay attention. They just used the terms “tryst” and “lover” (which was changed from “paramour”) in a story about a teacher arrested for raping 2 male students.


    When criminal sexual violence occurs, neither the gender of the perpetrator or the victim should matter. Abuse is abuse. Period. Imagine for a moment that you did not know the gender of either victim or perpetrator in this case. Based solely on the facts of a teacher engaging in criminal sexual activity with a student, would feel it would be appropriate to call either person a “lover” or “paramour” of the other?

    Research suggests that more than 28% of all males experience rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime (www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/nisvs/2010_report.html). There are over 25 million male victims of sexual violence of all forms in this country, many of whom are sexually preyed upon by female teachers and most never come forward. Using terms such as “lover”, “paramour”, and “relationshp” to refer to criminal sexual victimization of male students by female teachers minimizes the significance of this issue, and makes it far less likely that abusers will be held accountable or that victims will come forward.

    Christopher Anderson
    Executive Director, MaleSurvivor

  • Poytszi

    Integrity of print journalism is gone. They’re struggling to survive now to stay alive and will do whatever it takes to stay in the dung heap. Don’t be surprised that “if it bleeds, it leads” with “sex in the city”…

  • bigyaz

    These Twitter feeds are typically handled by overworked, underpaid 20-something interns, who work at a frenetic pace and have no one editing their work before it goes out to the world. That’s the reality of today’s digital world, which is why you see so many of these incidents, followed by apologies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/GFJustice Alan Fountain

    Glad to see people being educated and hope that that society pays attention to social ques on political correctness of dialogue and develops authentic boundaries on age appropriate conduct not reliving an out dated Mrs. Robinson stereo type as healthy boundaries … age difference when illegal is about having power over another human being and abusive. The body can temporarily betray itself but the intimacy building phase for healthy future relationships are fragmented. Just don’t do it or high five abuse. You can never reverse and have another natural first healthy experience with empowered consent.