Walk of Shame

DSK Walk of shame

Modern law states that any accused is innocent until his guilt has been proven. However, that does not prevent some of the more sensationalist mass media to engage in the public shaming of high profile suspects. A prime example is Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director of the IMF, who was arrested in May 2011 after a hotel maid had accused him of sexual assault. The New York tabloid Daily News wasted no time in deriding the French official for his alleged crime, printing the slur “LE PERV” in big capitals on its front page. Another issue of the same magazine displayed a prominent picture of DSK being escorted from a police station, with the headline triumphantly calling attention to his “WALK OF SHAME”.

Literature

• John Solomon, DSK: The Scandal That Brought Down Dominique Strauss-Kahn (New York 2012)

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