Lately, whenever someone's mentioned important, unanswered questions about Duke's shameful response to the Hoax, The Chronicle's editorial board has trumpeted the Allen Building's "MOVE ON" call.
By doing that, the students on the editorial board are, for whatever reason(s), failing Duke.
The Chronicle's editorial board members owe a duty to Duke to do what Bob Harris did this time last year: Speak truth to power.
No one who loves Duke and remembers the incident will ever forget what Bob did.
One year ago yesterday I posted on it in Go, Bob Harris, Go. That post follows, after which I hope many of you will comment.
I'll make sure Bob gets your comments this year just as he did last year, to which comments he responded and expressed thanks.
I'll also pass your comments on to The Chronicle's editorial board for the good it might do them
Now here's last year's post: Go, Bob Harris, Go.
For thirty years sportscaster Bob Harris has been the familiar “Voice of the Duke Blue Devils.” He broadcasts both football and basketball games. Last year Bob broadcast his 1000th Duke basketball game. He was recently inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.
Bob’s also a good neighbor and friend to many in Durham. I couldn’t tell you the number of times Bob has helped sports youth groups find speakers for their awards dinners or agreed to serve as MC at a function at a retirement home.
Bob’s Hall of Fame citation includes this:
”[He’s] been extremely involved in community service, with countless celebrity appearances as well as behind-the-scenes work for a host of charitable causes.”So yesterday morning, Election Day, DA Mike Nifong knew exactly what he was doing when, with TV camera’s rolling, he approached Bob "for a handshake."
"The handshake" was sure to be on the local Noon Hour and Five and Six O’clock news programs.
Nifong no doubt was inwardly salivating at the thought of viewers who hadn’t yet voted watching and hearing about “a smiling DA Mke Nifong shaking hands this morning outside a polling station with Bob Harris, the very popular ‘Voice of the Duke Blue Devils.’”
But Harris knew what Nifong’s game was and he called it (from WTVD):
Eyewitness News cameras were rolling when Nifong tried to shake hands and say hello to Bob Harris, the voice of Duke sports. Harris was in his car as Nifong walked up.Wasn't that wonderful, what Harris did?
"You've got to be nicer than that," Nifong said.
"Get out of here," Harris said. "Don't pull this crap."
"This isn't about Duke," Nifong said. "This isn't about Duke at all."
"No," Harris said. "It's about honesty. You're not honest."
I’m sending him the email below.
KC Johnson and Johnsville News also posted on Harris’ truth telling.
You can read more about Bob here.
Thirty great years as the “Voice of the Blue Devils!”
And then yesterday morning, with “Don’t pull that crap” and “It’s all about honesty. You’re not honest,” you were “the voice” of all of us who want a Durham DA who’s fair and seeks justice for all.
Yesterday was one of your most memorable and important “broadcasts.” It’s heartened those of us in the Durham and Duke communities and elsewhere who are pressing on in the fight to right wrongs.
And as we all know, your words will be special to those who've suffered most because of Nifong's travesties: the players and their families.
I posted on your remarks at my blog. Here’s the link.