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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Duke Case: Today in Hoaxland

updated:

Newsday is reporting:

Father of accused lacrosse player says his son's actions that night prove he didn't rape dancer

Numerous witnesses can account for every minute of Duke University lacrosse player Collin Finnerty's actions and could testify that he did not assault an exotic dancer at an off-campus party, his father said in a Newsday interview Friday.

"He was with, at a minimum, four other people every step of the way, all night. He was never alone," said Kevin Finnerty, of Garden City, who did not specify who was with his son.

He said his son and other players were present during the March 13 performance by the accuser and a second stripper.
This last statement about Collin Finnerty being present for the performance ends speculation that he may have left the Duke house early. But, the information that he was with at least four other people all night makes his alibi as rock solid as Seligmann's.

The Herald-Sun goes to the wellspring of confusion, the accuser's father, Travis Mangum, to get a reaction to the 60 Minutes interview featuring Kim Roberts saying there was no rape:
The woman who accused three Duke lacrosse players of gang-raping her has not had contact with her immediate family in about two months.

Her father said Friday he still believes his daughter's account of a brutal sexual assault while she performed as an exotic dancer -- despite her estrangement from her folks and statements by a second stripper that contradict key parts of the accuser's story.

"That girl that was with her, she keeps changing her story," the father said of Kim Roberts Pittman, the dance partner of the accuser. "She's not a credible person to me."
If you ever needed a negative reaction to the Kim Roberts interview the Herald-Sun picked the right place to go. The Washington Post, which interviewed Mr. Mangum back in the spring, said: "he seemed dazed in the heat of the frenzy." He has repeatly made statements that do not square with the facts. Quoting Mr. Mangum speaking of credibility is an irony onto to itself.

LieStoppers reaction:
For the Herald Sun, to use statements from the father that challenge Kim’s veracity, while ignoring that the father is not aware of the details of the allegations made by his daughter, is not only sloppy journalism but also sloppy propaganda.

NY Times Flounders

The NY Times is having some problems reporting the facts of the Duke case correctly. For example, John Holusha of the The NY Times wrote:
The second exotic dancer who was at a March 13 Duke University lacrosse-team party has once again challenged her partner’s account of what happened that night, contradicting statements used by prosecutors who charged that the two women were assaulted and raped.
This error was still present this morning after the Times had made one correction.

Regarding all these problems the NY Times is having, LieStoppers said:
The NYT hasn't just gone to the bench for a third-stringer, they've gone to the concession stand and gotten the hotdog guy to write about the World Series. Next thing we know the frazzled car guy will slip into his normal mode and start writing things like: "this case is a lemon" ... "Nifong must feel like a crash test dummy" ... "some Durhamites resent the three white foreign imports" .... "And come Nov. 7 the Durham voters may introduce Mr. Nifong to the repo man."

Though we appreciate your attempts to throw something, anything up there. Sometimes, if you can't write something accurate, it's best to write nothing at all.
Ditto.

> William Anderson says the Duke hoax has exposed the fraud of higher education.

> KC Johnson gives us his reading list for the hoax.

> LieStoppers channels Humphrey Bogart to find out what's going on in Durham.

> John-In-Carolina channels 60 Minutes to get the jump on the hoax story.

> Blog daddy, Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit has been following the Duke lacrosse case.

> Oz agrees with the defense. Judge: Defense Polling OK In Duke Lacrosse Case -
A judge on Friday refused to force attorneys representing three Duke University lacrosse players on rape charges to turn over the results of a poll of Durham residents.

Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong had filed a motion last month calling for an immediate stop to telephone surveys of potential jurors and labeling thequestions a "thinly disguised attempt to influence the opinions of respondents."
sources:
Duke player's defense [Newsweek, Oct. 14, 2006]
Kin cut off from gang-rape accuser [heraldsun.com, Oct. 13, 2006]
Dancer’s Account in Duke Case Remains at Odds With Accuser’s [NYTimes, Oct. 13, 2006]
The New York Times Ever Get It Right? [LieStoppers, Oct. 13, 2006]
Duke and the Death of Academe [LewRockwell.com, Oct. 14, 2006]
Best of the Case, II [KC Johnson]
60 Minutes: Six sure bets [JinC]
DUKE LACROSSE: UPATE [Instapundit, Oct. 13, 2006]
Defense Polling OK In Duke Lacrosse Case [wral.com, Oct. 13, 2006]

Duke Lacrosse Case [TJN Archives]

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