Boston Globe Accused of ‘Willie Horton’-Style Fearmongering
Nineteen academics published a letter to the newspaper over its coverage of the Suffolk County DA.
“Now more than ever, we need journalism that exposes rather than stokes baseless fear and irrationality.” 19 Boston academics are calling out the Boston Globe for irresponsible criminal justice reporting. New from
Professors from Harvard, Northeastern, Boston University, Boston College pen open letter accusing Boston Globe of “journalism that fosters punitive public attitudes and creates the political conditions that drive up needless incarceration.”
Rebecca J. Kavanagh
“We’ve spent the last 30 years in the shadow of Willie Horton in Massachusetts, and with reporting like this, I worry it will be how we spend the next 30 years, too.”
for being racist.
“Research has demonstrated that media coverage of criminal justice issues influences public opinion about punishment, which in turn has led to the political decisions behind mass incarceration." 👆This is certainly true of #wrongfulconviction coverage.