THE FACTS ABOUT THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE

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, 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." THOSE WHO HAVE DONE THEIR RESEARCH STRONGLY DISAGREE.

WHEN YOU'VE WATCHED "THE CENTRAL PARK 5 - SWALLOWING SOME PAINFUL TRUTHS," YOU WILL HAVE DONE YOUR RESEARCH. THIS IS NOT AN OPINIONATED VIDEO, NO HIT PIECE THAT STARTS WITH A CONCLUSION AND ONLY SHOWS EVIDENCE WHICH CORROBORATES IT. IN THIS VIDEO, YOU HAVE THE RECORDED FACTS OF THE CASE., AND IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED IT, YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF THIS SIGNIFICANT CASE IS INCOMPLETE AT BEST. THIS DOCUMENTARY IS TRULY INFORMATIVE, DOES NOT RELY ON EMOTIONAL MANIPULATION, INCOMPLETE INFORMATION OR OVER-SIMPLIFICATION TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT. THE KEN BURNS DOCUMENTARY AS WELL AS THE 2019 EMMY AWARD-WINNING "WHEN THEY SEE US" ARE WORKS OF PROPAGANDA, PURE AND SIMPLE. SORRY TO CONTRADICT OPRAH, BUT THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

THE PRESS WILL ALWAYS LOVE A STORY LIKE THIS WHICH (FROM A DISTANCE) CAN BE SO EASILY TWISTED INTO A STANDARD TALE OF "GOOD V EVIL."

WITH FIVE "FALSELY ACCUSED" YOUNG BLACK MEN AS THE CHIEF PROTAGONISTS, AND THE NYPD AND MANHATTAN DA'S OFFICE PLAYING THE HEAVIES, THE MEDIA TOLD THE STORY IT WANTED TO BE TRUE. THE MYTH OF THE INNOCENCE OF THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE NOT ONLY PERSISTS, BUT CONTINUES TO GROW, AND THAT IS ONE OF THE MEDIA'S MORE EGREGIOUS MISDEEDS IN SERVICE OF PROMOTING A FALSE NARRATIVE. THIS NARRATIVE DOES A DISSERVICE TO THE YOUNG WOMAN WHO WAS BEATEN RANDOMLY WITHIN AN INCH OF HER LIFE; TO THE NYPD DETECTIVES AND OFFICERS WHO WORKED THE CASE; TO THE NEW YORKERS WHO VERY MUCH NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE TRUTH AND TO ALL WHO TRUST NEWS OUTLETS TO PROVIDE THAT TRUTH.

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.

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