A week ago yesterday the Durham Herald Sun reported [excerpt]
[Stuart]Taylor, who co-authored "Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case" with K.C. Johnson, a New York City-based history professor and author of the Durham-In-Wonderland Web log, [spoke last night at Duke at invitation of] the student group Duke Students for an Ethical Duke (DSED).The entire H-S story is here.
In a Levine Science Research Center auditorium, readers of his book and followers of the lacrosse case hung on the author's every word.
And he detailed his involvement in the case from start to finish.
Taylor excoriated everyone from the news media to Duke University administrators and professors to disbarred Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong.
But most of all, he decried the political correctness and mob mentality he said overtook many people.
"The picture of what you can paint of what these people did here is even darker than what we portrayed in this book," he said. "As it unravels, I believe it will just get uglier and uglier and uglier."[…]
It’s very newsworthy, especially for what Taylor had to say about Duke as an institution and individual administrators and faculty.
But Duke’s student newspaper, The Chronicle, failed to report the event.
The Chronicle even refused to inform the Duke community of Taylor’s planned appearance. That despite what DSED says was nine days notice it gave The Chronicle of Taylor’s Nov. 2 appearance.
When no Chronicle reporter appeared to cover Taylor’s talk, DSED says it offered to bring the paper the video of the speech the next day but the offer was ignored.
I’ve just sent the following email to Chronicle Editor David Graham. I’ll keep you posted if I hear anything back from Graham.
Dear Editor Graham:
Re: The Chronicle's failure to provide any coverage of Stuart Taylor’s Nov. 2 talk and Q&A at Duke.
A talk at Duke by a nationally known columnist and editor who’s recently co-authored a widely-acclaimed book detailing the Duke Hoax and its enablement by many at the Univeristy is a news event The Chronicle should report to the Duke community.
But The Chronicle failed to tell readers Until Proven Innocent author Stuart Taylor would be speaking in Love Auditorium on Nov. 2 and that the Duke community and the public were invited.
I understand The Chronicle was given nine days notice of Taylor's appearance.
How does The Chronicle's justify not informing the student body and others of Taylor’s appearance, especially as he had offered, if any Duke professor cared to, to change his talk format to a debate with the professor?
And why did The Chronicle decide to not report a single word of Taylor's talk and the Q&A which followed? Other media reported on them.
Many in the Duke community and elsewhere are puzzeled and troubled that you and the editorial board now echo the “time to move on” meme promulgated by Mike Nifong, President Brodhead and their supporters.
But we respect your individual right, and The Chronicle’s right, to echo the "move on" meme if you believe that’s in Duke’s best interest.
However, The Chronicle’s news blackout of Taylor is quite another matter.
The Chronicle was never meant to publish only news that fits its editors’ views.
I urge you to do two things:
1) Issue a full, written explanation of why The Chronicle failed to inform readers in advance of Taylor’s appearance and why you failed to cover it.
2) Contact Taylor and invite him to write a column in which he can include the mainpoints of his talk and Q&A comments.
Chronicle readers deserve nothing less.
I’ll publish your response in full at my blog and provide links to other blogs.
I look forward to your "on the record" response.
This email is the main part of a post you can read here:
Thank you for your attention to this email.
John in Carolina