Examiner Called On Sexual Assault Coverage, Cites Intern Defense
Last month, Washington Examiner gossip columnists Tara Palmeri and Nikki Schwab drafted a hot little item about Miss D.C. 2009 Jen Corey "kicking some tail at the local bars." Corey, the gossips reported, recently physically defended herself after being repeatedly "spanked," "touched," "pushed," "slapped," and "sexually harassed" by men in public. Corey's got a different word for what those men are doing— "sexual assault"—and she wishes the Examiner would use it.
The terminology dispute arose today, when Palmeri and Schwab attempted to get some additional mileage out of Corey's history of being publicly sexually assaulted. The gossip duo asked newly-crowned Miss D.C. 2010 Stephanie Williams if she would also "slam a man" while out at the bars, and reported that "Williams, 23, told Yeas and Nays that she respects all of the controversial decisions of her predecessor Jen Corey, including that bar fight last month."
Corey took to Twitter to contest the Examiner's characterization of the "bar fight," which suggests that Corey was the aggressor—not her sexual assailants.
"Still pissed @washexaminer for not getting the story right. My controversial decision to fight? You mean defend myself when attacked?" she wrote, adding: "Apparently @tarapalmeri is the only reporter in dc who doesn't understand the term 'sexual assault' #stillcantgetitright."
Palmeri also jumped on Twitter to defend her work. Her excuse? She didn't actually write that story—she just slapped her byline on an intern's reporting. And if Palmeri attached her name to a story that happens to downplay the seriousness of sexual assault? Well, that's hilarious!:
UPDATE: Examiner moves on to victim-blaming to defend its journalism.