FSU president calls out 'The Hunting Ground' propaganda


On Thursday, CNN will air a propaganda film masquerading as a documentary called "The Hunting Ground." The film purports to show that rape is rampant on college campuses, and relies on debunked statistics and faulty accusations to do so.

The president of Florida State University (my alma mater), John Thrasher, has issued a statement condemning the film and its false portrayal of the university. FSU is featured prominently in the film.

"Now, we have 'The Hunting Ground,' which contains major distortions and glaring omissions to support its simplistic narrative that colleges and universities are to blame for our national sexual assault crisis," Thrasher wrote. "FSU plays a prominent part in the film in a one-sided segment accusing Tallahassee police and the university of ignoring sexual assault allegations against former quarterback Jameis Winston to protect the athletic program."

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One of the distortions included in the film involves Erica Kinsman, who accused Winston of rape. The filmmakers allowed Kinsman to claim, unchecked, that she was drugged by Winston, even though two separate toxicology reports found no known date-rape drugs in her system. The suggestion that Winston somehow had access or concocted an undetectable drug unknown to law enforcement is ludicrous.

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