New York Mag Starts Off 2014 By Mistaking NYC’s New First Lady For A Woman Who Cried Rape

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  • New York Magazine is the latest publication that can’t tell the difference between Black faces. Just one day after Bill de Blasio took his oath of office, the New York-centric weekly confused his African-American wife, Chirlane McCray, with a woman who falsely accused her father of rape!

    The inaccuracy appears of the homepage of the New York Mag‘s website. An article titled “The New First Couple” incorrectly links to a feature of Chaneya Kelly’s story, titled “Did Your Father Touch You?” What an awful mix-up — especially for New York City’s new first lady!

    Ouch! What a way to start off the new year.

    If you’re not familiar with Chaneya Kelly’s case, she was 9 years old when she lied and told authorities her father, Daryl Kelly, raped her. He was sent to prison, where he’s still incarcerated today, and now, 16 years later, she admits to making the whole story up. She claimed her mother pressured her into the lie.

    “I’m 24 years old and I made this mistake when I was 9 years old,” she said during a recent interview with NBC News, “but it’s never too late to try and right your wrong.”

    We wonder what Bill de Blasio’s team thinks of all this. Check out the screenshots below and tell us your thoughts in the comment section.

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    2 thoughts on “New York Mag Starts Off 2014 By Mistaking NYC’s New First Lady For A Woman Who Cried Rape

    1. It’s kind of late to respond, but I think it’s important to point out journalistic irresponsibility and simple, human unfairness in your above piece. You give the impression of having a marked bias against Chaneya Kelly, even though your intended target seems to be (rightly enough) New York Magazine.

      In the very first paragraph, you should have been clear about the truth: that it was a young child who had made the accusations towards her father, years ago. Instead, you mention “a woman who falsely accused her father of rape!” That actually amounts to an inaccurate statement. And, though I suppose you meant the exclamation point to express shock at the outrageous ineptitude of New York Magazine, making a mistake like that, the punctuation rather seems to call lurid attention to the incorrect characterization you are making.

      Then, in the 3rd paragraph, you write “she was 9 years old when she lied and told authorities her father, Daryl Kelly, raped her,” and further that “now, 16 years later, she admits to making the whole story up. She claimed her mother pressured her into the lie.” If what Ms. Kelly claims to have happened back then is true (and we don’t and can’t know the truth of it, absolutely), it was only at the insistence of her mother, reinforced with frightening threats, that the child made false accusations, which her mother fed to her, and which were later bolstered by coaching from professionals from the prosecution. From reports I’ve read, Ms. Kelly has been trying for quite awhile to get her father freed and cleared, so not just “now, 16 years later,” and I think it’s incorrect to say she “admits to making the whole story up,” as you write; she was eight or nine at the time (I’ve seen both ages reported), and said basically what her mother (and later, prosecutors) told her to say.

      If you have some further information that warrants making claims like you do, and taking that attitude towards Ms. Kelly, you should share it. As it stands, this appears to be a hack-y, unprofessional piece (and that’s apart from the typo of “of” instead of “on” in the second paragraph, a small enough matter).

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