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The [Wednesday] Papers

Given the press conference held today by the lawyer for Patrick Kane's accuser, now would be a good time to listen to the new edition of The Beachwood Radio Hour, posted late Tuesday, about how the media has blown covering the case.

There's also some fun stuff, so let me know what you think.

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Hint: Sometimes the media should report on sensitive, ongoing investigations and then stick their work in their back pocket for publishing at a later, more appropriate date - like when the twists and turns have context from which meaning can be derived.

"It was never my intention to comment or try this case in the media," [Lawyer for Kane's accuser, Thomas] Eoannou said. "However, during the course of this investigation, multiple leaks to the media have occurred. Leaks from law enforcement about the physical evidence, the DNA, the lack of Kane's DNA have all been troublesome to say the least."

Patrick Kane has not been charged with any crime.

Eoannou called into question the reports, published by various media outlets using unnamed sources who wished not to be named due to their inability to speak publicly on the matter.

"It was reported yesterday, quote, 'DNA tests found DNA evidence of at least one person, and possibly one or two more, in her genital area, but no traces of any DNA from Kane,'" he said. "It was also reported, that quote, 'Two unknown semen samples in Kane's victim's rape kit,' close quote."

Kane, who is under investigation by police following accusations of rape by Eoannou's client, has maintained his innocence in the matter and only spoken to the press once publicly. However Eoannou said the covert battle being fought in the press is more than concerning.

"The consequence of all of this has been to discount my client to the public," Eoannou said.

I'm not taking his client's side, I'm just saying that up until today, we've learned essentially nothing from what's been reported so far via sources purportedly close to the investigation. There are plenty of stories to write about this case without trying to give a play-by-play of what's going on (appropriately) behind closed doors, much of which will later prove to be false. It's the height of journalistic recklessness, especially given the impact on future rape victims.

"It's atrocious. In this case, it has been absolutely devastating to my client. This is supposed to be a secret investigation," Eoannou said. "People in the media - and I'm not saying anybody here - have been discussing people's semen in her undergarments. She is absolutely devastated. This is a classic example for why victims don't come forward in rape cases."

Again, for all I know Kane is 100 percent innocent and the accuser is a pathological liar. I have no idea, and neither do you. But is this really the way we want to see these cases reported?

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As Pope Pushes To Help The Poor, Catholic Universities Leave Them Behind
Six of the top 20 nonprofit colleges that are most expensive for low-income students are Catholic institutions.

Look At The Milwaukee Zoo's New MillerCoors Baby Giraffe!
Talk about labor: 5-foot-9, 157 pounds.

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Including: "This is it, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel? Show some joy."

Dear media: There is a time for joy, a time for discipline, a time for sincerity (even earnestness). How do you know what time it is? Ask these guys. Or just be human.

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