The Raleigh News & Observer did more than any other news organization to help launch and sustain the massive injustices and falsehoods of the Duke lacrosse case
Friday, the N&O editorialized in response to the announcement that Patrick Baker, Durham’s city manager since August 2004, would be leaving that office to become Durham’s city attorney.
The N&O commended Baker for overseeing “improvements to the downtown and [for taking] the right approach to maintaining city infrastructure after years of neglect.”
It also allowed as how he’d made what it called “rookie mistakes.”
And what were those “rookie mistakes,” you ask?
Here’s everything the N&O said about them:
But a city yard waste plant operating without a state permit caught fire, and Durham residents face a potentially catastrophic water shortage because City Hall moved too slowly in managing water use.What, no mention of all those Duke lacrosse travesties and injustices engaged in by certain Durham police officers?
Doesn’t Baker supervise DPD?
Yes, he does. And for more than 20 months Baker’s been denying there was any wrongdoing by a single DPD officer or any of their supervisors.
There’s something else you may be thinking: Only a few days before the N&O opined, Baker was named a defendant in a civil rights violation suit brought by the three young men who were the principal victims of the criminal frame-up attempt that was at the heart of the Duke Hoax.
But the N&O makes not a single mention of the Duke lacrosse case in connection with Baker.
It sure is strange, isn’t it?
Did the editors all just forget the Duke lacrosse case played out in Durham while Baker was city manager?
Or did the editors make a conscious decision to say nothing about the case?
If they did, why did they do that?
Whose interests did that serve?
The editorial is here.
Update on 12/17/07 @ 2 PM:
While researching this morning I came upon news stories which reminded me of one of Baker's "rookie mistakes."
Remember Ron Hodge, who was DPD's Deputy Police Chief throughout the Duke lacrosse case and in day-to-day charge of the department during that time?
Baker recommended Hodge as one of the three finalists to succeed DPD Chief Steve Chalmers.
Hodge remains Deputy Chief and we can continue to wonder why the N&O’s editorial made no mention of the Duke lacrosse case.