CNN defends campus rape movie that its college critics call ‘inaccurate,’ ‘misleading’

CNN defends campus rape movie that its college critics call ‘inaccurate,’ ‘misleading’

Amid a growing controversy involving questions of accuracy and fairness, the makers of The Hunting Ground, a documentary indictment of campus sexual assaults, are defending the film, which is set to air on CNN on Nov. 22.

Florida State University, where one of the cases depicted in the documentary occurred, has asked the news network not to air the film and has produced a detailed critique of what it alleges are instances of inaccuracy and unfairness that depart from standard journalistic practice.

In response, CNN — which also will air a roundtable discussion of campus sexual assaults after it airs the film — said it is “proud to provide a platform for a film that has undeniably played a significant role in advancing the national conversation about sexual assault on college campuses.”

“We are confident that both the film and our extensive associated coverage give this important issue the full and fair treatment it deserves,” a spokeswoman for the network said in a statement.

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