Defendant in Texas Gang Rape Says Gay-Bashing Made Him Do It

Remember when the Times reported on the gang rape of an eleven-year-old Texas girl by quoting a bunch of people who thought she was asking for it by dressing older than her age? Well, now a boy who was 16 at the time of the assault has admitted his guilt — and he has a pretty unusual excuse. » 1/23/12 10:00am 1/23/12 10:00am

A New, Chilling Account Of What Happened To Eleven-Year-Old Alleged…

The September issue of GQ has a piece, not online, about the repeated gang-rape of an eleven-year-old child in Cleveland, Texas. And whereas previous coverage appalled observers for implicit victim-blaming, Kathy Dobie's story has the sensitivity (and the time and space) the tragedy deserves, though we still learn much … » 8/24/11 6:10pm 8/24/11 6:10pm

Where Is The Times Followup On Texas Gang-Rape Fail?

This weekend, New York Times executive editor Bill Keller made an offhand reference to the newspaper's notorious coverage of an eleven-year-old's gang rape in a small Texas town. (You'll recall its focus on what would happen to the poor boys and on the style choices of the victimized child.) » 3/28/11 2:20pm 3/28/11 2:20pm

Times Responds To Gang Rape Story But Still Needs Some Pointers

The New York Times's public editor has responded to widespread complaints about the paper's coverage of a child being gang raped in Texas. The gist: "My assessment is that the outrage is understandable. The story dealt with a hideous crime but addressed concerns about the ruined lives of the perpetrators without… » 3/11/11 4:00pm 3/11/11 4:00pm