Readers' Note: The New York Times has the nickname "the old grey lady of W. 43rd Street."
Yesterday the "lady" published a story clearly intended to prop up Durham DA Mike Nifong's travesty of a "case" against three Duke students.
Many bloggers are responding with careful, informed analysis that's exposing the story's omissions of important information; it's half-truths; and its "Go Mike" bias.
I applaud their work.
JinC News Service is reporting :
Durham, NC – Durham police are investigating what they’re describing as “a very extensive truth attack” on “an old grey lady” found dumped in a trash bin.
A source close to the investigation confirmed that the “lady” is from New York and was once a trusted news organization. She’s believed to have been in the area visiting “nieces and nephews” at the Raleigh News & Observer.
It’s JinC policy not to disclose the identities of formerly respected news organizations who are subjects of truth attacks.
“IN TIMES LIKE THESE”
Police learned of the attack as a result of a 911 call. The caller declined to give her name. Police released the following transcript of the call:
Me and my girlfriend were just driving by the Durham County Courthouse and this large, loud group of people were coming down the steps. I recognized one of them was DA Mike Nifong
I could hear them saying things like “That was a great story you wrote” and “I loved your indictments” and “See you at Blincos.”
Then, as we bicycled by them, they started hollering, “Vote for Nifong.”
That was so hurtful.
I stopped walking and looked back. That’s when I saw the “old grey lady.”
She was sticking out of Nifong’s back pocket.
Police say at that point the caller hung up and they dispatched a patrol car to the courthouse.
The police arrived at the courthouse two minutes later. The steps and sidewalk were deserted, but while searching the surrounding area police found the “old grey lady” lying in a trash bin.
“In times like these, you’re ready for anything,” said one officer. “Still, what my partner and I saw was so shocking we immediately decided to take the ‘lady’ to the ER at Duke Hospital.”
“THE BLOGGERS DID IT!”
A spokesperson for Duke Hospital, citing patient confidentiality, declined to disclose anything about the “lady.” However, JinC obtained her hospital records from another source. A copy follows:
“Patient entered ER disoriented. Kept offering doctors/nurses anonymity if they’d disclose national security secrets.
Patient presented with signs and symptoms of severe readership decline.
Examination revealed right and medial paralysis but strong left side usage. Ego bloated and severely bruised. Extreme sensitivity to criticism.
Patient at first denied she’d suffered a truth attack but later told an MSM Rehab nurse she’d been attacked by 3, 5, maybe as many as 20 bloggers. At one point she shouted, “The bloggers did it!”
Although the patient denied having credibility problems, her credibilty levels were dangerously low. So her news columns, editorials and Sunday Magazine section were swabbed and the swabs were sent to a lab in Raleigh for further testing.
Lab results are expected back in two weeks.
No arrests have been made.