Worcester Telegram Reporter Richard Nangle ‘Stands By’ Story Echoing ACLU Activist Sarah Loy’s Lie Against Larry Cirignano Rejected by Jury
This photo of ACLU activist (or should we say actress?) Sarah Loy crying at the rally where she falsely accused pro-family advocate Larry Cirignano of violently assaulting her, appeared in the December 17, 2007, Worcester Telegram and Gazette’s initial report of the incident. Telegram Reporter Richard Nangle (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote that Cirignano ”pushed [Loy] to the ground, her head slamming against the concrete sidewalk.” But a jury rejected this story, which echoed Loy’s account. (The jury found that Loy tripped rather than being pushed.) Nangle, testifying in court, could not find himself among enlarged photos of people at the center of the rally crowd – casting into doubt whether he could have seen what actually transpired. Nevertheless, a defiant Nangle says he “stands by everything” that he originally reported. Telegram photo is by Paul Kapteyn.
By Peter LaBarbera
This is a fascinating case involving media bias: a reporter whose story was proven false — or at least not credible — in a court of law is “stand[ing] by everything ” he originally wrote.
On December 16, 2006, the Worcester Telegram and Gazette published a story under reporter Richard Nangle’s byline, regarding a pro-marriage rally in Worcester protested by Sarah Loy and the local ACLU. Nangle, an ACLU Board Member, reported that Catholic family advocate Larry Cirignano had “pushed [Loy] to the ground, her head slamming against the concrete sidewalk.”
Nangle’s vivid depiction of the alleged attack echoed Loy’s own charges of assault and battery against Cirignano, and helped created an impression in the public’s mind that she was a victim of violence (and that he was violent man who attacks women). A photo accompanying Nangle’s story (see above) showed Loy in tears at the rally scene. However, on October 22, a jury found Larry Cirignano innocent of assault and battery against Loy, a week after presiding Judge David Despotopulos had thrown out Loy’s “civil rights” complaint against him. See our story relaying MassRessistance’s account of the case and trial.
Here are the first three paragraphs in Nangle’s story, under the headline (which he did not necessarily write), “Worcester Rally Takes Ugly Turn; Gay Marriage Backer Pushed,” with emphasis added:
Notwithstanding Nangle’s tendentious account above, which led readers across Massachusetts to believe that Cirignano meanly attacked a woman in the open public, Loy’s allegations were rejected by a jury — after the government’s own alleged witnesses who implicated Cirignano in the supposed attack could not be located in rally crowd photos and video of the event.
Reporter Nangle’s was called to testify at the trial, but his credibility was undermined when he, too, could not locate himself in the same blown-up still photos of the rally crowd surrounding Loy. MassResistance’s Brian Camenker, who attended the trial and wrote daily web entries covering it, describes Nangle’s testimony on Day Two, October 17 (emphasis added):
Based on trial evidence, Nangle and other “witnesses” to the (non)assault had actually been standing dozens of feet apart from the rally, and so would have a hard time seeing what actually observing what happened to Loy in the crowded area where rally-goers were standing.
Despite all this, Nangle is not budging on the accuracy of his December 16th story. After a different reporter for the Telegram and Gazette wrote the newspaper’s article covering Cirignano’s acquittal, Nangle responded as follows in the newspaper’s online comments page: “Just for the record folks, I stand by my story and testimony. — Richard Nangle.” And he wrote this in the ”reader’s comment” to his own original article about the rally: “For the record, I stand by everything in this story.”
Charges of journalistic bias and especially a pervasive liberal media slant are common in the United States, but rarely is there an actual jury trial to examine the evidence supporting or opposing a reporter’s coverage. Richard Nangle’s version of what happened on December 16, 2006 was rejected by a jury that carefully considered the facts — including where he was standing at the time to be able to witness what happened to Loy.
It does not matter what Nangle thought he saw: his account was reckless and helped trash the reputation of a good man, who ended up leaving the state. Nangle should no longer be trusted by the Worcester Telegram and Gazette — or any other media — to report the real news.
And if the Worcester Telegram still trusts Nangle despite his obvious fabrication disguised as a news story, can Worcester’s citizens trust the Telegram?
The following is an excerpt from Brian Camenker’s account of Cirignano’s trial:
This article was posted on Friday, October 26th, 2007 at 4:23 pm and is filed under ACLU - Gay & Lesbian Project, Bullying & Victimhood, Christian Persecution, Diversity & Tolerance Propaganda, Freedom Under Fire, GLBTQ Lawsuits & Retribution, Government Promotion, Homosexual Hate, Homosexual Hate Speech, Media Promotion, News. You can follow any updates to this article through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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