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Friday, February 2, 2007

Duke/Nifong Hoax: Day #290

Updated - today's items:

Amanda MarcotteThe Jawa Report:
Pandagon Now The Online Face Of John EdwardsAmanda Marcotte, a man-hating windbag who blogs at the leftwingnut hate site Pandagon, has joined the John Edwards campaign as their blogmaster. No, this is not a joke. The Jawa Report recently highlighted Marcotte's wildly inept prosecutorial fantasies and mindless hyperfeminist rambling, which were sporadically posted during first few months of the Duke Lacrosse incident. The case's rapid deterioration in full view of the public caused her to go completely silent on the issue after June 2006....

related:
LieStoppers blog:
Edwards Hires Hoax Apologist to Run Campaign Blog — To date, Edwards’ silence on the Hoax has implied either a tacit acceptance of the conduct of disgraced District Attorney Mike Nifong, political cowardice, or indifference to injustice in his home state...

KC Johnson:
The Edwards-Marcotte Fiasco — John Edwards, currently making his second bid for President. Before entering politics, Edwards was one of the state’s best-known civil attorneys*. He even worked in the law firm of Wade Smith, Collin Finnerty’s lead attorney in the lacrosse case. So if anyone should be sensitive to massive prosecutorial abuse, it’s Edwards. His response? First silence—and then, as Liestoppers and Betsy Newmark have noted, appointing as his campaign’s lead blogger a figure who has branded the players guilty, in ugly rhetoric that almost makes Wendy Murphy look temperate...

discussion:

LieStoppers forum: Amanda Marcotte, Nifong enabler heads John Edwards' blog

La Shawn BarberLa Shawn Barber:
NYT’s Duke DNA Double StandardKC Johnson has run circles around so-called journalists writing about the Duke “rape” case. If I weren’t already a blogger and wanted to start a blog, I’d create a site focused on one issue the way KC has. It’s one of the best ways to build expertise and credibility, and you become the go-to person on that topic. KC has made quite a space for himself out here in the crowded blogosphere...

I finally got the chance to read KC’s op-ed in the New York Post, where he mocks the New York Times for its self-righteous editorial on the value of DNA. NYT, as many Duke “rape” case followers already know, is one of the liberal newspapers that parroted Durham County district attorney Mike Nifong’s and the Durham Police Department’s version of events. Although NYT had nothing to say about the lack of DNA in the Duke case, it lectures the rest of us about the value of DNA in other cases...

Thomas Sowell:
Thinkers must start thinking — IT HAS become obvious, even to some who believed the rape charges against Duke University students, that there was never a speck of evidence to support the charges, and a growing contrary evidence. However reprehensible District Attorney Mike Nifong's words and deeds have been, it is a mistake to see in this tawdry episode just the vileness of one man. The larger tragedy is what this case revealed about the degeneration of our times and the hollowness of so many in "responsible" media jobs, in academia, and among blacks so consumed by racial resentments and thirst for revenge that they lash out at people who have done nothing to them and are guilty of no crime against anybody.

The haste and vehemence with which scores of Duke professors publicly took sides against the students in this case is but one sign of the depth of moral dry rot in even our prestigious institutions. The Jan. 29 issue of The Weekly Standard has a devastating article about the lynch-mob atmosphere created, not only by the Duke faculty and administration, but by writers for such "respectable" publications as the New York Times and the Washington Post, not to mention a professor of law at USC and a former president of Princeton. We have become a society easily stampeded, even by the unsubstantiated, inconsistent and mutually contradictory statements of a woman with a criminal record...
discussion:
LieStoppers forum: Negative Effect of LAX Case on Black Community

Susan Estrich, Fox News;
Real Rape Victims Pay Price for Duke Debacle (2/1) — It’s open season on victims, I told a group of victims rights advocates earlier this week, and no one in the room disagreed with me. Those of us who have been fighting for dignity for the victims of sexual assault understand that we are facing a backlash in this country. We will pay the price for Mike Nifong’s mishandling of the Duke lacrosse case, and we know it.

I find myself playing gotcha with young reporters, who challenge me to admit that I was wrong in arguing, a year ago, that the woman who claimed rape should not be publicly attacked or even named in the media. But even I wasn’t ready for the news about the young woman who called the Tampa police department on Saturday to report that she had been raped and ended up in prison herself for two nights because of an old juvenile warrant that revealed an unpaid debt. How bad does it get?...
discussion:
LieStoppers forum: Susan Estrich on Rape Victims & LAX Case
KC Johnson:
Defending the Group — It’s not easy to put together an unapologetic defense of the Group of 88, but Samson Mesele at least tried to do so in yesterday’s Chronicle. The Group, he lamented, are the true victims in this affair, “browbeaten and savagely misrepresented.” How so?...

Jim Lindgrin, The Volokh Conspiracy:
The Duke Women's Lacrosse Team Should Be Honored. (1/30) — More on the Duke case: I was reading a long, stirring letter/post from a Duke alum, who identifies herself as Meadow (posted on Liestoppers) ... Meadow writes about all the people who need to apologize, but I was thinking that some of the courageous people who spoke up for the truth relatively early on should be recognized and honored for their efforts. Every year Duke gives many graduating students prizes for contributions to the community. Every graduating member of the Duke women's lacrosse team (as well as perhaps the chief reporters and editors of the Chronicle) should be given the William J. Griffith University Service Award ...
related:
Ann Bartow, Feminist Law Professors blog: Awards For The Duke Women’s Lacrosse Team? — Charming the way Lindgren worked race into this too, isn’t it? You should read the whole post for the full, appalling context. You just know that if someone posting at The Volokh Conspiracy is saying nice things about women, particularly female athletes, it is unlikely to be a celebration of Title IX, but this seems like a new low...

comment: So noting that the Duke women's lacrosse team stood up for the "presumption of innocence" and "free speech" is a new low? Why deprecate the exercising of civil rights, shouldn't that be celebrated when young people do it? Bartow is perverse.

Big Arm Woman blog:
Syllabic Self-Justification — Over on the Durham in Wonderland blog, KC Johnson has posted a lengthy description of a course being offered this spring by one of the faculty members who signed the "Group of 88 Listening Statement" last April. The course is called "Hook-up Culture at Duke," and is fairly representative as far as these things go; i.e. it's largely a useless conglomeration of specious cultural studies that are conducted through the almighty lenses of PC culture: race, gender, sexuality and power.

The interesting thing about this class isn't so much the fact that it exists primarily to condemn Duke lacrosse players (read KC's post for those examples), but that it seems to serve as more of a vanity project for a professor who wants her personal viewpoints validated than as an opportunity for critical inquiry....

Herb Denenberg, The Bulletin (Philadelphia):
Seligmann Is Case Study Why Poetry Is Important In Literature And Life (1/31) — Here's more proof of the neglected but incredible power of poetry. It involves Reade Seligmann, one of the three Duke lacrosse players victimized by an out-of-control prosecutor, accuser and university. When he was accused of multiple crimes, where did he look for solace? According to a Newsweek (Jan. 15, 2007) interview, an old coach told him to read Rudyard Kipling's poem "If." Seligmann says although he isn't a poetry person, the lines of that poem resonate: "If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you...you'll be a man my son."

Seligmann, age 20, said sometimes the lines from the poem "If" are the only thing that could help him go to sleep.

Robert VerBruggen
The Duke lacrosse scandal, the media and rape allegations (1/31) — I attended a very interesting and informative Robert Taft Club meeting about the Duke lacrosse scandal Monday night. I wanted to write about it but wasn’t sure what point to make. (For the record, I am not a member, though I signed up for the e-mails. On a half-hour delay on the subway this morning, it dawned on me: Several panelists went after the media for painting the “victim” in sympathetic terms before more facts started coming out. They alleged that left-wing anti-rich white male sentiment was to blame. It probably played a role....but I don’t think the media was out of line to believe a rape had really occurred.

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