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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Duke Case — The Book Tour

John in Carolina:
KC JOHNSON AT DUKE TOMORROW NIGHT -- KC will be speaking at Duke tomorrow night, Tuesday, September 11 at 7 PM in Page Auditorium on Duke’s West Campus.

Page is located next to Duke Chapel (to the left as you face the Chapel). Here’a a link to mapquest.com for those of you who are visually oriented.

KC Johnson:

  • Newsday Review; Items for Tomorrow -- I'll be speaking for around 45 minutes; then, there will be around 45 minutes of question-and-answer. This is not the "shut up and teach" forum--anyone who attends is free to ask questions. Also, anyone who wants to record the talk is welcome to do so. [...]

    C-SPAN plans to coverage Stuart Taylor's talk--noon tomorrow--on the book, at Washington's Cato Institute. Stuart will be speaking for 30 minutes, with a Q&A to follow.

  • Unanswered Questions -- As the blog winds down, I thought it might be interesting to turn to questions that remain unanswered in the case.
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Duke Basketball Report forum:
K.C. Johnson to speak at Page Auditorium -- [see comments]
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Steven Marcus Book Review / Newsday:
Duke of all has his say -- Nearly everyone connected with the Duke lacrosse case has heard of K.C. Johnson, the Brooklyn College professor who became the undeniable authority on all aspects of the headline grabbing scandal that Johnson fastidiously chronicled in his blog Durhaminwonderland.

Johnson's words stirred a frenzied crowd and brought along, perhaps (at least privately) to Johnson's chagrin, a cartload of ultra conservative thinkers bent on vilification of the stripper, the media, the university and the justice system. One blog entry from Johnson was worth at least a thousand words of approval from his attentive fans on the Internet. [...]

The media takes a mighty hit in the book, but Johnson knows the difference between columns and reportage, so when he points out a story that left out the word allegedly, he squarely hits his mark. And, shame on many of us in the media for buying what authority figures have to say. [...]
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Clarence Page / Real Clear Politics:
Lessons from Runaway Justice at Duke -- For some petitioners and op-ed writers, the young jocks provided too convenient a target as symbols of white male hegemony, runaway testosterone and every other agenda that could be hung on them like tree ornaments. Voices as varied as The New York Times and CNN star Nancy Grace come in for a well-deserved skewering here.

Think about it. If any institutions should be engaged in the critical reasoning that it takes to analyze situations like these, weighing claims and counterclaims, and sorting out facts from rumors, it is the media and college professors. The university, of all places, should teach not only good ideas but also the rational thinking that leads one to a lifetime of producing good ideas.

In that spirit, it is important to note the solid journalism that did occur, even if it failed remarkably to have much of an impact during the months in which Nifong's freight train surged ahead. Besides Taylor, there was the late Ed Bradley, the CBS reporter who died before the charges were dismissed, "60 Minutes" producer Michael Radutzky, and MSNBC's Dan Abrams. Each courageously pursued the growing holes in the case, despite unsubstantiated countercharges by die-hard critics who would rather punish the messenger than listen to uncomfortable facts. [...]
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LieStoppers blog:
If you can't buy it, you can't read it! [cartoon]
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Michael Gaynor:
Demand Until Proven Innocent be marketed correctly -- Please let television and radio shows you want to see/hear Stuart and/or KC. Please tell Barnes & Noble and Borders that you won't be buying anything there until, to Stuart and KC, they make amends and be fair. Please tell St. Martin's Press that their marketing efforts on behalf of Until Proven Innocent not only did not impress, but caused great distress. [...]

"How many copies do think were initially printed?

"100,000?

"50,000?

"25,000?

"No. 13,000.

"How much effort do you think a book publisher puts into promoting a book when 13,000 copies have been printed? [...]
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Michael Gaynor:
Until Proven Innocent: A KC bash for brash Cash -- North Carolina journalist and television commentator Cash Michaels, who covered the Duke case for America's Black press, titled his review of Until Proven innocent" "Duke Case Book Blasts Black Leaders, Black Press and NAACP."

An accurate title would have been "Duke Case Book Blasts Some Black Leaders and Black Press and NC NAACP Over Hypocritical Approach to Duke Case." Alas, some folks seem unwilling to learn from the Duke case that overstatement and mischaracterization are to be avoided. [...]

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