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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Duke Case: Today in Hoax Land


It's a busy day in Hoax Land and things are cooking. K.C. Johnson is going to force the residents of Johnsville to start missing their bed time if he keeps dropping his big hoax-busting bombs at his Wonderland blog after the stroke of midnight.

Elsewhere, the TalkLeft.com message board (why does it still have "rape" in the title?) was lit up like a Chinese firecracker factory after a lightening strike. TalkLeft Mom had to send some of the kids to their rooms for naughty talk. Seems some folks are going off topic and talking trash. TalkLeft Mom is probably mumbling, "I'm too old for this."

TalkLeft does have great content in between the barbs, today "Tortmaster" wrote an excellent summary of why Reade Seligmann is innocent, "READE SELIGMANN: WHY ARE THEY DOING THIS?"

Ditto for Finnerty and Evans.

John Stevenson at the Herald-Sun updates the status of the highly anticipated "60 Minutes" story: "'60 Minutes' interviews Duke lacrosse defendants."

A CBS "60 Minutes" segment on the controversial Duke University lacrosse rape case is expected to air Sunday evening and will include interviews with all three indicted players and Kim Roberts Pittman, the second dancer at the party where the attack allegedly occurred.
If Johnsville has to hold its water any longer for the vaunted "13 Minutes" the pipes will burst. They better deliver Nifong's head on a primetime platter with a side order of Mangum, Gottlieb, and all the other hoax enablers.

 Ed Bradley speaks with defendant Collin Finnertyupdate: (CBS) The three members of the Duke lacrosse team accused of raping an exotic dancer at a party last March will appear on 60 Minutes to tell their stories for the first time, Sunday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Ed Bradley speaks with defendants Collin Finnerty, Reade Seligmann and David Evans...

Bradley also speaks to the accuser's dancing partner the night of the alleged rape, Kim Roberts.

Produced By Michael Radutzky and Tanya Simon

Duke Lacrosse Players Speak Out [CBS.com, Oct. 11, 2006]
Is 60 Minutes going to give Duke lacrosse a full 39 minutes?

updated #2: The Duke lacrosse story will be a double-length segment.

The Herald-Sun is also not endorsing Mike Nifong for D.A. -
If you're not registered to vote in the coming state and local elections, time is running short. You have until 5 p.m. Friday....

In Durham, voters face an especially daunting task in weighing the race for district attorney.

we are not here to recommend a vote for any candidate. But we urge Durham County voters to weigh carefully the issues the candidates are raising, to contemplate the stakes, both for the lacrosse-rape case and for the next four years of criminal prosecution in Durham, and to make their voices heard Nov. 7.
The official security apparatus organ has missed a beat here? Shocking.

Joan Foster at LieStoppers does a poetic riff on K.C. Johnson's "Follow the Money"
Show Me The Money Sonata

...Thirty thousand bucks, down the toilet bowl,
Freda laughing, life in shambles.
This hoax is all that stood between
Mikey and a job at Colonel Sanders...

Mike McCusker at Crystal Mess is also juiced by all the good pin action in Hoax Land today. He also got to see Duke lacrosse back in action:
I spent my Saturday afternoon at Molloy College, sitting amongst Duke Lax parents and watching the Blue Devils' first string annihilate Towson. I sat quietly for fifteen minutes or so before feeling the burn of X-ray vision upon my right cheek. "NDLax?" "Yeah." No embarrassing public introduction. No whoop-it-up silliness. Just broad smiles, firm handshakes and warm pats on my shoulder. Word of my presence spread good-naturedly through the stands and several moms and dads made their way over at one point or another to express thanks. Conversation was unanimously upbeat and jovial, unequivocally convicted to the innocence of the defendants, and, most importantly, primarily NOT about the case. We were all just there to revel in a magic moment: seeing the team back out on the field, playing lacrosse, having fun. I left with a new Duke Lacrosse baseball cap with "Innocent #6, #13, #45" embroidered at the back, a lapel pin that proclaims "Innocent Until Proven Innocent," and several blue and white wrist bands.
Next year they will be wearing: "We Survived the Great Duke Rape Hoax of 2006."

John in Carolina is also fired up:

> How Editor Sill "reports" to readers
> What happened at Duke's Alumni site?

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