The American Journalism Review’s “Justice Delayed” assesses media coverage of the Duke Hoax which the Raleigh News & Observer reported last March was about “ a night of racial slurs, growing fear and, finally, sexual violence.”
About the middle of the AJR’s article we read:
Wendy Murphy [is] an adjunct professor at the New England School of Law and a former assistant district attorney in Middlesex County, Massachusetts.A pundit? Wendy Murphy a pundit?
On April 10, 2006, after defense attorneys announced that DNA results found no links to the athletes, Murphy told [CNN’s Nancy] Grace, "Look, I think the real key here is that these guys, like so many rapists--and I'm going to say it because, at this point, she's entitled to the respect that she is a crime victim."
Emerging questions about the investigation did not prompt Murphy to reassess.
Appearing on "CNN Live Today" on May 3, 2006, she posited, "I'd even go so far as to say I bet one or more of the players was, you know, molested or something as a child."
On June 5, 2006, MSNBC's Tucker Carlson asserted, relying on a Duke committee report, that the lacrosse team was generally well-behaved. Rejoined Murphy: "Hitler never beat his wife either. So what?"
She later added: "I never, ever met a false rape claim, by the way. My own statistics speak to the truth."
Asked to evaluate her commentary [she] notes that she's invited on cable shows to argue for a particular side. "You have to appreciate my role as a pundit is to draw inferences and make arguments on behalf of the side which I'm assigned," she says.(italics added)
My online dictionary says a pundit is “a learned person, expert, or authority.”
That’s not Wendy Murphy! She’s nothing like a pundit and too much like Mike Nifong.
But I found an appropriate word for Murphy.
It’s deceiver: “someone who leads you to believe something that is not true.”
You’d think a law school professor would know a little more about herself, wouldn’t you?
But then, it may be that she does.
I just wish I knew what the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers thinks about what one of its credentialed attorneys has been doing out and about on the cable network circuit.