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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Duke Case: The News & Observer and Pablum Pukers

The winners get to write history. But, if you are a newspaper you can try to rewrite history to pretend your slanted reporting and witch hunting was someone else's idea. No, no... it wasn't The News & Observer (N&O) that was breaking and hyping the story about that gang-raping bunch of Duke lacrosse thugs. It was them other pablum pukers.

John in Carolina reports now the The News & Observer is rewriting their first drafts of the Duke lacrosse story.

Beginning Mar. 24 when it "broke" the Duke lacrosse story with a report repeatedly saying the accuser was "the victim" without ever using the conditional "alleged," the Raleigh News & Observer produced in a few days a series of stories that effectively framed the Duke lacrosse players as a lawless group that included the three brutal rapists of a young mother, whom they also beat and strangled, and their forty or so teammates, privileged white males all, who looked on while the crimes occurred and afterwards refused to help police identify their rapists pals....

And now today, July 16, in a story under the byline of one of the N&O's lead Duke lacrosse reporters, Jane Stancill, we catch the N&O “air brushing” its March Duke lacrosse stories. Stancill and her editors tell trusting N&O readers the Duke lacrosse story really didn’t begin until April, when journalists "rushed to Durham." What’s more, if anything went wrong, it’s all DA Mike Nifong’s fault.

Stancill’s story begins:
Journalists rushed to Durham in April to tell the world about a sordid evening at 610 N. Buchanan Blvd., where a black exotic dancer reported that she was raped by white lacrosse players from Duke.

An avalanche of media coverage followed, as the confident prosecutor gave dozens of interviews and reporters ferreted out a pattern of drunken misbehavior by jocks at an elite university. […]

Early on, Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong gave scores of interviews, calling Duke lacrosse players "hooligans" who were hiding behind a wall of silence. His emphatic statements fueled a national media story.

The N&O’s cover up of its role in the Duke lacrosse hoax has begun

sources:
Duke lacrosse: The Raleigh N&O's cover up has started [John in Carolina, July 16, 2006]
Lacrosse defense sways media [N&O, July 16, 2006]

related:
Duke lacrosse: New questions for the Raleigh N&O [John in Carolina, July 15, 2006]

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