Friday, August 25, 2006

Duke lacrosse: The blogs are on Times

Today The NY Times offers readers a major (5,500 plus words) Duke lacrosse story, "Files From Duke Rape Case Give Details but No Answers."

And before you could say “Gottlieb at Blinco’s,” the bloggers were shredding it.

Liestoppers reminds readers the story’s lead reporter, Duff Wilson, has a history of attempting to spin Nifong’s way. Liestoppers goes on to provide detail and careful analysis.

Johnsville News begins its shredding with:

The New York Times uses Durham Police Sgt. Mark Gottlieb's late arriving 36 page report to say that Mike Nifong now has support for going to trial. They put their biased story on the top left of the front page.
I loved the title of Johnsville’s post: “The Gottlieb script finally arrives.”

KC Johnson says, "The Times Drops the Ball" :
Presented with a chance to review all the evidence in the Duke lacrosse case file, the Times, alas, continued the bias it demonstrated in its initial coverage of the lacrosse case, with hysteria articles from Selena Roberts and Harvey Araton.
KC’s traveling today so his post is brief (brief for KC, that is) but he’s promised another post this evening. I can’t wait.

Bull Dog Pundit, a former prosecutor, read the Times’ “Gottlieb Files” story and concludes :
Having looked at these “new” revelations supposedly beneficial to the prosecution, I disagree that it makes Nifong’s case any stronger. In fact, I think it raises some very disturbing questions.
I’m sure there are other excellent posts out there on this story. Sorry I missed them.

I’ll be posting some thoughts of my own on the “Gottlieb Files” tomorrow.

In the meantime, here’s a new motto for the Times: “All our stories fit for blogs to shred.”

Hat tip: Betsy Newmark


ME said...


Several weeks ago you penned a post with regard to the DPD investigation into that “incident” at Blinco’s. In that post you included a theme that went something like this: the longer the time delay between an “incident” and the police department incident report preparation, the more likely a story is being arranged (it takes time to arrange a story).

How apropos is that theme as it relates to the delayed release of the Gottlieb investigative notes and the nonsense Gottlieb hopes to foist on Durham.


Bill Anderson said...

The Times' piece is yet another outrage that comes from the PC crowd. It deserves whatever scorn is heaped upon it, and I am glad to see people up to the task!

Anonymous said...

I'm interested that none of the players has filed a complaint with the Professional Standards division of the Durham PD. They have an internal procedure which makes them document all stages of an investigation and decide if it was done correctly or not.



NDLax84 said...

Sorry I'm late!. Looking forward to yours...

Anonymous said...

The NYT article staked its credibility on one man - Sgt. Mark Gottlieb. He was mentioned fairly prominently tonight on Hannity & Colmes, and On the Record. It is up to us to make sure his name stays out there.

Time to pressure the N&O, the City of Durham, and DPD to tell the full story of what happened at Blinco's - in which a BALD Durham PD officer allegedly used racial slurs and instigated an assault on a Black cook.