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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Duke Case: Follow the Money??

It has been nearly two weeks since KC Johnson first revealed that Mike Nifong had a very large financial incentive to prosecute three innocent Duke lacrosse players.

Since then not a single main stream media organization seems to have picked up the story that KC Johnson broke regarding Nifong's $28,989 in loans to his primary election campaign. This investment in his own reelection bid could only be recouped if he found a way to to defeat Freda Black in the primary. He was trailing her at the time of the Duke lacrosse incident and he eventually won by less than 900 votes.

60 Minutes in their tightly focused story did not mention Nifong's financial stake in prosecuting the hoax. The News & Observer and the Herald Sun have also both ignored this big flashing arrow pointing at Nifong's corruption. What gives?

What does it take to get the MSM off their collective asses?

Other items in hoax land:

Steven Baldwin a professor in the Chemistry department at Duke has some thoughts on the abandonment of the lacrosse players by the Duke administration and some members of the faculty (Group of 88). He writes:

As displeased as I am with Pressler's firing, my biggest concern has always been with Duke's treatment of the student athletes at the center of the storm. These kids were abandoned by their university. At least one of the indicted students, perhaps all three, was trespassed from Duke property. They were denied the presumption of innocence, despite the mounting evidence that the case against them is made of smoke and mirrors and is fatally flawed procedurally. They have been pilloried by their faculty and scorned by the administration. They are pariahs....

The faculty who publicly savaged the character and reputations of specific men's lacrosse players last spring should be ashamed of themselves.

They should be tarred and feathered, ridden out of town on a rail and removed from the academy. Their comments were despicable. I suspect they were also slanderous, but we'll hear more about that later.
KC Johnson tracks down what the vultures, also known as "The Group of 88" have been up to. He writes:
In contrast to their compelling need to speak out last spring, in recent weeks most members of the Group of 88 have turned silent on issues relating to the lacrosse case....
Vultures prefer eating dead flesh. Now that the "three dead men" have shown some life the vultures have scattered and are off looking for other corpses to chew on. Mark Anthony Neal is chewing on "HomoThugs, ThugNiggaIntellectuals and ‘Queer’ Black Masculinities."

Will someone at Duke please put out some poison or shoot some buckshot at this flock of vultures and chase them off the property. Their droppings are still fouling the campus.

La Shawn Barber commented on the case and then posted a teaser:
I just got some cool news I can’t blog about yet. (I know it’s not nice to tease, but the girl can’t help it.) I’ll fill you in later.
Hope it's good.

sources:
Follow the Money [KC Johnson, Oct. 11, 2006]
The administration's mismanagement of lacrosse [Steven Baldwin | DukeChronicle.com, Oct. 24, 2006]
Checking in with the Group of 88 [KC Johnson, Oct. 24, 2006]
Duke Rape Case: The Bloggers [lashawnbarber.com, Oct. 23, 2006]
Duke Case: The Vultures [TJN, July 17, 2006]

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