Friday, April 13, 2007

Will NY Times apologize?

As is covered thoroughly here, the NY Times, in the Duke rape case, proves once again that anyone who trusts the accuracy of that newspaper is not a smart person.

Last August, two of its reporters examined most or all of the file in that case. Their conclusion, in an exhaustive story that was picked up dutifully across the country by hundreds of other media outlets.

"By disclosing pieces of evidence favorable to the defendants, the defense has created an image of a case heading for the rocks. But an examination of the entire 1,850 pages of evidence gathered by the prosecution in the four months after the accusation yields a more ambiguous picture. It shows that while there are big weaknesses in Mr. Nifong's case, there is also a body of evidence to support his decision to take the matter to a jury."
Here's what the Democratic Attorney General of South Carolina found, reviewing the same evidence:

We believe that these cases were the result of a tragic rush to accuse and a failure to verify serious allegations. Based on the significant inconsistencies between the evidence and the various accounts given by the accusing witness, we believe these three individuals are innocent of these charges.
So, the NY Times was 100 percent wrong. No big deal, just one of the biggest stories the paper covered last year. Consumers, beware.

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