MCCARREN: This basically started as a series of reports on
underage drinking and drug use. And what we ended up uncovering
was a disease of affluence and an epidemic of entitlement.
It feels like teenagers feel they have the right to have cell
phones, have laptop computers, and, in this case, that they have
the right to break the law and drink illegally.
And as you have and so many journalists, we are on these crash
sites, preventable accidents when kids get behind the wheel and
die. And I just could not interview another set of grieving
parents and not try to do something to expose the problem.
KURTZ: And yet, it was parents, some of them at least, in an
affluent area of suburban Maryland when you reported on a party
where there was a lot of liquor and the police broke it up and
issued citations, who didn't like your reporting.
MCCARREN: We were absolutely stunned. We covered a party that,
like a lot of these, started as a small gathering, got on social
media, Facebook and Twitter, spiraled out of control.
Ultimately, there were 80 high school students at this party. We
were with police when it was busted. They fled. They were jumping
off balconies, out of windows fleeing in all directions.
And then the parents came to pick them up. One father at another
party said to his son right in front of police, "Why didn't you
run?" Other parents threatened to sue us. They threatened to sue
And only one mother actually said to her child, "You cannot do
what the other children do." And she made this young man apologize
to every police officer on the scene.
KURTZ: And what happened to that D.C. liquor store owner who -
that we saw on tape a moment ago?
MCCARREN: Just a few hours ago, in fact, he was arrested and taken
into police custody for selling alcohol to a minor on a sting that
went down last night, and we were along for that.
What I found astonishing is that even after our series of reports,
even after we exposed him as a long-time supplier of alcohol to
teenagers as young as 14, as you noted, he was still selling.
KURTZ: He didn't change his practices.
MCCARREN: Not at all.
KURTZ: Tell me about this backlash and how bad has it been for
MCCARREN: It's been horrible, particularly for my teenage
children. It has been what I believe is an orchestrated campaign
of hate and venom and name-calling and threats, things that I
can't even say on the air.
KURTZ: And this has been mostly in E-mails. This has been on
MCCARREN: Everywhere - every possible place that it could be
posted. You know, like a lot of journalists, I've covered stories
from parts of the world that are considered very, very dangerous.
Yet the only time I have ever genuinely been in fear for my family
is after covering the illegal behavior of suburban, mostly white
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Trevor wrote:> Yes, but if their parents act this way, why has their behavior
> improved? Why have most social pathologies taken a dive since the
> 1990's, even though the Millennials are being taught
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