Justice for Don Belton

remembering a writer and friend

News articles/clips

The following are some articles and clips related to Don’s life and death.



CBS news story Jan 4th

Suspect in killing claims sexual assault (msnbc)

Griffin pleads not guilty to murder (article may, at some point, require a log-in)

IU news release

WTHR story

Indiana Public Media story

Additionally, the Herald-Times has been regularly reporting on the case but may require a log-in to view most of its articles. Now might actually be a good time to remind them why having such a policy does the public and their newspaper a huge disservice.


photos and coverage of the Jan 1 candlelight vigil for Don Belton

Brigitta Wagner’s video documentation of the Don Belton vigil

WHAS coverage of Don Belton vigil (note: vigil was not an IU or IU-sponsored event)


Don Belton and the power of narrative, analysis of public reaction to Don’s death.

Inside Higher Ed column

Pam’s House Blend analysis of media bias in Belton coverage

more aqueduct press analysis of online reaction to belton’s murder

Microcosm Publishing (link at bottom of page): http://microcosmpublishing.com/


Windy City Times (Chicago glbt newspaper) article about Don, with quotes from IU faculty.


4 comments on “News articles/clips

  1. Patrick Connors
    January 2, 2010

    There was a very brief (and I thought woefully incomplete and misleading) story on ABC World News about this horrible event. I wrote about it at Pam’s House Blend and included a link to the story/video within my diary: http://www.pamshouseblend.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=14674

  2. D. Torrance
    January 3, 2010

    The media bias is sickening. The Herald Times opening:
    Griffin pleads not guilty to murder
    By Abby Tonsing
    331-4245 | atonsing@heraldt.com
    December 31, 2009

    A soft-spoken Michael James Griffin…

    Soft-spoken? That’s the first thing Abby has to say about him?

    Look, I’m a well-educated GWM, politically middle-of-the-road and certainly NOT one to jump on any kind of bandwagon. I’m not much of an activist…but I think it is vitally important there is justice for Don Belton. This case is just so incredibly outrageous. I took a break from media/internet in the past week or so and I’m getting caught up with the story. To find out they (Griffin & wife) knew Don months literally made my heart sink. The angle the press – and not only the local press given ABC’s shameful segment – is taking paints Don in almost the worst light possible, given the facts.
    I remember being an impressionable 18 year old freshman, and having a gay professor flirt very aggressively with me. I admit I was somewhat non-plussed and perhaps a bit scared, but I certainly managed to reject his advances because I wasn’t interested in having a relationship or encounter of any kind with him. And we are to believe a 53 year old professor assaulted a 25 yr. old 6′ 220 pound ex-marine!? When they had invited him to their home for Christmas?! I can hardly think of anything more outlandish. It reads like an Onion headline.
    And, finally, sometimes when the race card is played, I think it’s really stupid. That hot-headed Cambridge cop would probably have loved to arrest any Harvard professor, white, black, male, female or indifferent. I spent enough time in Boston to know the roots of that resentment are deeply ingrained. But in this case I have no doubt attitudes would be different if the skin colors were reversed!

  3. Abigail A. Sewell
    January 9, 2010

    On Thursday, January 7, 2010, BloomingOut @ WFHB/91.3FM discussed issues of homophobia and racism surrounding the murder of Don Belton with Professor Mary Gray, graduate student Bryon Craig, and myself. The podcast is currently available to the public for listening at: http://www.wfhb.org/news/bloomingout-january-7-2010

  4. Romayne Dorsey
    January 14, 2010

    Another article in Inside Higher Ed: http://www.insidehighered.com/views/mclemee/mclemee272

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