Media need skepticism, investigation when reporting accusatory stories

The Hill - 02-20

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Let’s journey back in time to 1988, the final year in office of the original “Make America Great Again” president, Ronald Reagan. Tawana Brawley, a 15-year-old African-American girl in New York City, claimed that she had been abducted and raped by six white men, two of them tied to law enforcement. She turned up with “KKK” scrawled across her chest, other racial epithets on her abdomen, and feces smeared in her hair. New York and the nation were outraged.