The Central Park Five doc

you HAVEN'T seen

MY BACKGROUND IS IN COMEDY, NOT JOURNALISM, AND I'VE NEVER BEEN MORE PROUD TO MAKE THAT KNOWN. JOURNALISM, AS IT ONCE EXISTED, IS DEAD.

CONCEPTS LIKE OBJECTIVITY, FAIRNESS AND PRESERVING A STRONG DISTINCTION BETWEEN OPINION PIECES AND FACT REPORTING, UNBELIEVABLY, ARE NO LONGER PART OF THE EQUATION.

THE "WHY" OF ALL THIS MAKES FOR AN INTERESTING DISCUSSION, BUT I'M REALLY JUST TRYING TO EXPLAIN WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT THAT YOU SEE THIS DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE CENTRAL PARK 5.

BEFORE HE WAS EVEN SWORN IN, MAYOR-ELECT BILL DE BLASIO AGREED TO SETTLE THE CASE OF THE FIVE MEN WHOSE SENTENCES HAD BEEN VACATED AFTER A CONVICTED RAPIST WHO WAS ALREADY IN PRISON FOR LIFE TOLD AUTHORITIES THAT HE RAPED THE CENTRAL PARK JOGGER ON THE NIGHT IN QUESTION APRIL 19, 1989.

THE AWARD WAS $41 MILLION, WHICH DE BLASIO PROCLAIMED WAS "AN ACT OF JUSTICE ...THAT WAS LONG OVERDUE," AND THIS WAS THE NEW MAYOR'S WARM HANDSHAKE TO THE PEOPLE OF NEW YORK IN TERMS OF WHAT HIS ADMINISTRATION WOULD BE ABOUT.

THE PRESS WILL ALWAYS LOVE A STORY LIKE THIS, AND IN THEIR ZEAL TO PRESENT A STANDARD  "GOOD VS EVIL'" TALE FEATURING THE YOUNG BLACK MEN WHO GREW INTO JUST, YOU KNOW, BLACK MEN (NO SO YOUNG) AS THE CHIEF PROTAGONISTS, WITH THE POLICE AND DA'S OFFICE FORCED INTO THE "EVIL" HALF OF THE CONSTRUCT, THE MEDIA SIMPLY ELIMINATED FACTS AND DETAILS WHICH WERE INCONVENIENT OR CONTRADICTORY. TWO FILMS , FIRST KEN BURNS' DOCUMENTARY AND A SECOND, WHICH WAS EVEN MORE DISRESPECTFUL TO THE TRUTH AND TO THE FACTS OF THE CASE, FURTHER SPREAD THE FEEL-GOOD LIES THAT HAVE FORMED THE GENERAL PUBLIC'S UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT HAPPENED.

THAT UNDERSTANDING IS VERY SIMPLE. THE CENTRAL PARK 5 WERE FALSELY ACCUSED AND CONVICTED, AND SERVED TIME IN PRISON AS INNOCENT MEN BEFORE FINALLY GETTING SOME SEMBLANCE OF JUSTICE.

THE TRUTH OF THE STORY IS DIFFERENT. VERY, VERY DIFFERENT.

YOU WON'T HAVE TO "BELIEVE" ANYTHING SAID IN THIS FILM, BECAUSE LIKE IT OR NOT, IT'S FACTUAL.. AND THAT'S THE REASON IT'S IMPORTANT.