At Twitchy reported earlier this month, Paul Nungesser, the man accused of rape by Emma “Mattress Girl” Sulkowicz, recently settled with Columbia University for an undisclosed amount.

Nungesser had filed suit against the university for encouraging Sulkowicz’s protest/art project, which consisted of her carrying a mattress everywhere she went, including the stage where she accepted her degree. The stunt was picked up by news outlets in 35 countries, even though a university investigation had found Nungesser not guilty.

The irony is that Sulkowicz had titled her art project “Carry that Weight,” though it’s Nungesser who has had to bear the brunt of her display, without the assistance of celebrities, facts-be-damned politicians like Sen. Karen Gillibrand, and the media. And speaking of the media:

This week on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” for example, Tovia Smith fleshed out a story on “restorative justice” on college campuses by contacting Sulkowicz for her opinion:

Activist and survivor Emma Sulkowicz says the approach is not appropriate for everyone. Sometimes, she says, trial and punishment are called for, as in the case of a man on her campus who was accused of several assaults.

“I think this person in particular, given his track record of person after person after person … is a sadist in the truest meaning of that word,” she says. “So we just wanted him to get off campus.”

Sulkowicz also worries about who will facilitate the conversations. She says campus administrators seriously botched her trial process, asking ignorant and insensitive questions. She questions how they will manage the more nuanced restorative justice approach.

So … of all people on the planet to ask about proper trial and punishment, NPR landed on an activist whose shenanigans just cost her former school a big chunk of change in a legal settlement.

Oh, please … never mind allowing people to self-identify when it comes to gender and even race — now journalists will identify you as a “survivor” of sexual assault if you consider yourself one.

NPR absolutely should do that; instead, they appended a tiny “clarification” the following day:

This story refers to Emma Sulkowicz as a survivor of sexual assault, as she considers herself to be. The accused in her case was found not responsible by a campus adjudication process.

Seeing as tax dollars help fund this, we’re going to nitpick a bit and remind NPR that a clarification is supposed to clarify something that was unclear. How does this bit of legal ass-coverage clarify anything about the case?

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