Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hollywood Versus Steubenville

Troy Davis writes:

Last night, I was reading the Huffington Post and found out that Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner's production company, Plan B Entertainment, bought the film rights to David Kushner's Rolling Stone article "Anonymous vs. Steubenville" that focused on a Kentucky hactivist, Deric Lostutter, embroiled in the infamous Steubenville rape case.

Being familiar with the Steubenville area (I grew up nearby in the Wheeling area), I followed the case and have been dismayed by much of the journalistic sloppiness that has led to a false narrative about the case, especially the absurd narrative that Lostutter blew the lid off of a cover-up by Steubenville officials and others.

I tuned into David Blomquist's radio show this morning. Blomquist has been critical of Anonymous' reckless behavior that he believed hindered the investigation. In this morning's radio program, Blomquist blasted the narrative that Lostutter and Anonymous broke the case open and he said that he would elaborate on this and other themes on tomorrow's show (April 4). Blomquist's show is on from 6 to 9 a.m. EST and can be listened to online.

April 8, 2014 Update: On his morning radio show, Blomquist had some commentary about the proposed film project.  Here is part of what he said:
This is the first confirmed project from Brad Pitt’s production house since last year’s Twelve Years a Slave. But getting back to the story here: they're going to make it out that this KYA [Deric Lostutter] blew the lid off of this cover-up and they're going to make him out to be the hero here which is absolutely ridiculous. This guy terrorized a lot of innocent people in Steubenville, terrorized them. He went above and beyond what anyone should do. He threw a lot of names out there and [dragged] a lot of people through the mud. Why? Because he could. Because he didn’t think that anyone would ever catch him. Deric Lostutter is a piece of scum for what he did. He didn’t blow the lid off of any cover-up there was no cover-up but yet this movie is going to try to portray that because that’s what Hollywood does.

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