Was She Right to Go Public?

After long insisting on anonymity, Willie Smith's accuser raises issues of fairness by revealing herself on TV

Her face was obscured at first by a small gray dot, then by a big blue one. Most stations bleeped out her name when it was mentioned during the trial. And news editors across the country wrestled with a tough question: whether to override a basic principle of journalism -- to give the public all the available facts -- in order to protect her wish for privacy and a chance to live a normal life after the case was closed. So when the woman who accused William Kennedy Smith of rape shed her anonymity on ABC's PrimeTime Live last week, the...

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