Readers Note: If you are not already familiar with these posts - N&O correction requests re: lawsuit story and Why the N&O fears the 38 suit - I encourage you to read them for background to the post which follows.
Bob Waters, Editor
Raleigh News & Observer
Dear Editor Walters:
I'm sending this second email because the matter dealt with in my first email (copy below star line) is important.
Given the documentation I provided, its indisputable what the N&O published and what Mr. Bork actually said as can be clearly seen and heard on the video tape.
I again ask for a correction and an explanation to readers, the players and their families, and Mr. Bork of why the N&O attributed to him something so at variance with what he said while leaving out of your story what he did say.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
John in Carolina
Dear Editor Waters:
Thank you for a prompt response.
I plan to ask Bork about what he may have said to reporter Barrett after the press conference.
I'll be sure to report at JinC in full what you say happened and what, if anything, Bork says.
You did not say anything about the most important part of my email.
That part is:
The N&O reported:
The players chose not to appear at the news conference, said Bob Bork Jr., the group's hired publicist, because they don't want to attract attention.But Bork said no such thing.
In this post at www.dukelawsuit.com Bork provided the text of what he'd actually said as follows:
None of the 38 players who are filing this lawsuit are here today. They considered participating, but many have jobs and some are still students and lacrosse team members at Duke. One is in Army Ranger school preparing to deploy to Iraq.It will be very easy for you to check what Bork actually said against what the N&O reported because the news conference video with fine audio quality is available and in the first minute or two you'll be able to view and hear exactly what Bork said.
Know this -- the players are united behind this lawsuit. At the same time that they are understandably concerned about retribution and negative, maybe even slanderous media coverage. Who can blame them after what they endured for 13 months in 2006 and 2007. They are walking a fine line between trying to live normal lives in the wake of an unspeakable trauma and at the same time trying to get answers to questions that remain unaddressed by their university.
They need to have peace to heal, but there can be no healing without accountability.
You can access the video here.
People will wonder how the N&O could take what Bork actually said and report what the N&O told readers.