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Wednesday, July 5, 2006

Duke Case: Academic Deadwood & Media Lapdogs

With teachers like Orin Starn and Peter "Dead" Wood, who needs enemies. You would think these two Duke professors, who taught Reade Seligmann, might step-up to the plate and show some serious support for their clearly innocent student. No chance.

This Duke case should only be about clearing the names of three innocent young men. Instead, deadwood professors like Starn and Wood are using it to take shots at their own "pet" targets of opportunity.

Robert KC Johnson looks at these two shameless, self-indulgent, arrogant, exploiters of the Duke incident:

Instead, the Starn/Wood tag-team continued to do some volunteer p.r. work to boost support for Nifong's viewpoint....

The behavior of Wood, Starn, and their colleagues from the Group of 88 (each of whose signature, to date, remains on the so-called "listening"” statement) is shameless. Hopefully, at some point, they will be held accountable for their willingness to take actions that aided and abetted Nifong'’s campaign against their own students.

The Herald-Sun's editiorial title - "Put lacrosse case on a faster track" sounds like a good one, right? That is until you read it and dig a little deeper into media lapdogs. Craig Henry at Lead & Gold does just that:
The Herald-Sun is still dissembling as it calls for a speedy trial and it is shirking its duty. Instead of waiting for he truth, the paper should start digging into the mistakes made by the media, Nifong, and Duke. Isn’t that what a watchdog press is supposed to do?

The paper has no appetite for such work. Like most local media, they are loyal lapdogs for prosecutors. This is made clear by the gentle way they handle the questions about Nifong’s handling of the case.
Nifong's critics have questioned everything from his character to his legal savvy. We think that the 25-year veteran of the prosecutor's office must have some evidence, or he would have dropped the case long ago.

The DA gets the benefit of the doubt. From the beginning, the lax players were presumed guilty; their presumption of innocence went out the window back in March. But Nifong—he "must have some evidence." The Herald-Sun does not tell us what it might be, but they are sure he must have something. It is a touching to see the media place such childlike faith in a politician.
We are still waiting for some intrepid reporter down in North Carolina to provide some interior photo's of the Duke lacrosse house - the so called "alleged crime scene." See - Duke Lacrosse Scandal: "Reporters" are blowing the mission.

sources:
Shameless [Robert KC Johnson | hnn.us, July 5, 2006]
Duke lacrosse: Triangle media still spin for Nifong [LeadandGold, July 5, 2006]

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