I mean, right?
A man who accused Sesame Street puppeteer Kevin Clash (Clash made the puppet Elmo a superstar) of having sex with him when he was a teenage boy has recanted his story. The unnamed man now admits that the consensual sexual relationship occurred when he was an adult.
The full story is here: http://news.yahoo.com/man-accused-elmo-puppeteer-teen-sex-recants-223622618.html
Isn't the news media glad that it smeared this man with an allegation so repulsive that he can't possibly be unsmeared? And by the way, his false accuser retains his anonymity.
When the news media parrots an unsubstantiated allegation of a vile sex act, the general public believes there must be something to it. Why else would the Associated Press report it? But too often, there's nothing to it.
Have you ever tried to get the toothpaste back in the tube? Or unring a bell?
If you don't you think that Sesame Workshop, the producer of Sesame Street, would love for Kevin Clash to just slink away of his own accord, you've been living under a rock all your life. Clash is damaged goods, and a lot of parents aren't going to want their kids near Elmo after this.
On behalf of the wrongly accused -- thanks, AP! You've done it again!