The Pedophile Smear

Twice recently, two individuals have been falsely accused of one of the most vile crimes imaginable – the sexual abuse of children. One was libeled by the BBC, which did not even ask the victim of the smear to respond to it before broadcasting. The other was from TMZ about the actor who plays Elmo. I haven't named either innocent person even though it's a quixotic and useless gesture once these people have been dragged through the mud. But even now, the false accuser in the Elmo case, 23 years old, remains anonymous, while his target has to endure this media hazing. This story is not about the voice of Elmo being a pedophile; it's about a person anonymously smearing someone else's reputation.