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Friday, November 10, 2006

Duke Hoax: Day #206

"Mr. Bradley focused on what was most important and newsworthy; Mr. [Cash] Michaels, on what was trivial" - Michael Gaynor
Updated - Today's items:

KC Johnson:
Group of 88 Statement — In light of a strongly negative reaction to the Group in the Duke Chronicle comments section and a biting essay on the Group’s motives in Johnsville News, the Group of 88’s statement suddenly disappeared from the Duke server...not one of the 88 has retracted his or her signature, or even publicly questioned Nifong’s “separate-but-equal” approach to Duke students.

Ruth Sheehan, Ruth's Metro Blog:
Reader: Nifong reelection should be blamed on Durham! — from a reader, who thought I misfired in my Thursday column on the Durham District Attorney's race. I think you pointed the finger the wrong way in your column about Steve Monks' spoiler role in the election....Durham is one of the few places that the Mike Nifongs of the world can live long and prosper.

Jacques Steinber, NY Times:
Ed Bradley, TV Correspondent, Dies at 65 — In the weeks before his final hospitalization, Mr. Bradley had been scrambling to finish the Duke report in particular, while fending off what would become the early stages of pneumonia. “He just kept hitting the road,” Ms. Hunter-Gault said. “Every time I talked to him, he was tired. I’d say, ‘Why don’t you go home and rest?’ He’d say, ‘I just want to get this piece done.’ ”
TalkLeft discussion - NY Times article today

The Johnsville News:
Updated: Within hours of this post, the Duke African & African American Studies Department pulled the 'listening statement' (.pdf) file off their website.

The 'listening' statement — The infamous full-page 'listening' statement was signed and then published by "The Group of 88" in the Duke Chronicle, the independent daily newspaper of Duke University, on April 6th, 2006. The advertisement featured statements from Duke students indirectly condemning the Duke lacrosse players and exculpating the alleged victim of their gang-rape...

Kristin Butler, Duke Chronicle:
Time To Speak Up — And like nearly all of you, I was shocked and dismayed by the outcome of that election. It's hard to imagine what-if anything-49 percent of Durham residents were thinking when they voted for District Attorney Mike Nifong, who has disgraced this community before a national audience. But even as we acknowledge Nifong's electoral victory, Duke students should continue to reject the ignorant, counterfactual and deeply offensive logic embraced by many of his proponents.

Michael Gaynor:
RIP, Ed Bradley -- we'll do the rest — Mr. Bradley's focus WAS on the case! He did a professional job, not a poor one. Don't blame him for what Ms. Mangum and Mr. Nifong and their supporters, enablers and apologists have done to the Duke Three...Mr. Bradley focused on what was most important and newsworthy; Mr. [Cash] Michaels, on what was trivial...

Is This How Victory Is Supposed To Feel — I ran against an empty seat, And still I found him tough to beat. More votes were cast against my name...Few takers for my handshake game...

KC Johnson:
Editor Ashley's Path to Scottsboro — At a pre-election media forum held on Duke’s campus, editor Bob Ashley said that "the Herald Sun should have been quicker to aggressively examine the competency of the investigation" ...Much like Duke president Richard Brodhead, Ashley appears unaware that the purpose of a trial in the United States is not for the accused "to prove their innocence."

Hot Forum Topics:

WHEN DOES THE HEALING IN DURHAM START? — From the election results it's clear that there is a great big division in the community between blacks and whites. My guess is that the African American community will not be happy with any of the likely scenarios that will play out. The case will probably be dropped or dismissed, if it does go to trial, it will probably be moved out of Durham, if it's held in Durham it will still probably end in acquittal...Then the city is going to be sued for its DA's false prosecution.

DURM says Justice is none of YOUR business ! — Okay, the N&O has lamented several times about the interjection of the National Media in the case. The Herald Sun has evidently researched a protester and reported she was from out of state. Kerry Sutton has decried outsiders involvement in the case and the D.A. race....

Yesterday (11/9):

Two Rich White Boys From New York Who Bought Justice...With Their Lives — "The slain civil rights workers - Mr. Chaney, 21, a black man from Meridian, Miss., and two white New Yorkers, Mr. Schwerner, 24, a Cornell graduate, and Mr. Goodman, 20, who had attended Queens College - were participating in what became known as Freedom Summer, the climax of an intensive voter-registration drive in the South.

Ed Bradley of '60 Minutes' Passes — Today, we were saddened to hear of the passing of a man of great respect and dignity - Ed Bradley. He leaves a legacy of fairness and objectivity that extended to the last days of his life...Reports tell us that Mr. Bradley had been sick for some time. That gives his decision to choose the Duke Hoax as the final reporting contribution of his amazing career even more meaning

Bob Harris has responded — Nifong was still scurrying for votes at a polling station...When Bob Harris, the popular “voice of the Duke Blue Devils” showed up to vote, Nifong, with TV cameras rolling, saw an opportunity and tried to take it...I also sent Bob an email. He’s responded with an email that will cheer all of us hoping, praying and working for justice...

Michael J. Gaynor:
Duke case post-election: Dismiss or change venue — Durham County, North Carolina District Attorney Michael B. Nifong and NCCU Law Professor Irving Joyner and Duke case monitor for the North Carolina NAACP undoubtedly will be dismayed, but the Duke case should be dismissed as a matter of law, upon defense motion, or tried elsewhere, upon defense motion, if the law is to be obeyed.

Michael Badnarik, Independent Country:
Nobody Said Life Was Fair — Ed Bradley navigated the racially-charged Duke rape case story, in which three Duke University lacrosse players are charged in the rape of a black stripper. His story on 60 Minutes some weeks ago was absolutely devastating, establishing beyond reasonable doubt that the young men are innocent and nailing District Attorney Mike Nifong for irregular and incompetent proscutorial conduct.

Ed Bradley, CBS News Reporter, 1941-2006

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