"There was an initial, preconceived notion about what the overall narrative of the story was about," said Kelly McBride, who teaches ethics at the Poynter Institute, a journalism think tank. "It was: 'Elite, spoiled white boys degrade and humiliate poor, black woman.' And then, over the next couple of months, you saw the pendulum swing in the complete opposite direction. It became: 'Loose, unstable black woman accuses nice white boys of rape.' Both of those narratives were excessive, and the reporting behind them could not substantiate the conclusions."
Oh, really, Kelly? Show me even ONE story where the narrative became 'Loose, unstable black woman accuses nice white boys of rape.' And no, Kelly dear, the latter narrative was NOT excessive; it was in fact accurate, and the evidence substantiated the conclusion. And this bitch teaches ethics. I pity the students.
But others in the liberal media can't give up their meta-narrative. Selena Roberts of the New York Times is typical:
At the intersection of entitlement and enablement, there is Duke University, virtuous on the outside, debauched on the inside. This is the home of Coach K's white-glove morality and the Cameron Crazies' celebrated vulgarity.What a bitch. "Enablement," indeed.
The season is over, but the paradox lives on in Duke's lacrosse team, a group of privileged players of fine pedigree entangled in a night that threatens to belie their social standing as human beings.
Even after the Duke players' vindication, ABC News's Terry Moran piles on them:
Let us also remember a few other things:
They were part of a team that collected $800 to purchase the time of two strippers.
Their team specifically requested at least one white stripper.
You mean they dared choose a preference? Like preferring a redhead over a brunette? Oh my god, Terry! Fry 'em!
During the incident, racial epithets were hurled at the strippers.
No proof of that is advanced, and conflicting time lines (one of the accused wasn't even there at the time) frankly make the whole charge dubious.
Colin Finnerty was charged with assault in Washington, DC, in 2005.
So being a loutish jock who gets in a bar fight with some other loutish jock makes him a rapist. Interesting reasoning.
The young men were able to retain a battery of top-flight attorneys, investigators and media strategists.
How DARE they try not to be put away in prison for false charges!!!
As students of Duke University or other elite institutions, these young men will get on with their privileged lives. There is a very large cushion under them--the one that softens the blows of life for most of those who go to Duke or similar places, and have connections through family, friends and school to all kinds of prospects for success. They are very differently situated in life from, say, the young women of the Rutgers University women's basketball team.
That last point is indisputably true. One reason they are differently situated is that the Rutgers women were merely insulted by that dumbass Don Imus, not put through a yearlong legal ordeal. Moran continues:
And, MOST IMPORTANT, there are many, many cases of prosecutorial misconduct cross our country every year. The media covers few, if any, of these cases. Most of the victims in these cases are poor or minority Americans--or both.
If the media don't cover these cases, it's not clear how Moran--who is, after all, part of the media--knows that there are many of them, let alone how he has data on their wealth and ethnicity.
What is interesting to watch is the new tack that these leftist scum like Terry Moran have taken with respect to the Duke victims (that is, the lacrosse players, who have been effectively smeared). Terry and his minions are reduced to asking the holier-than-thou question:
"Well, what were they doing watching a stripper? Huh? HUH???"
Isn't it interesting how the Commiecrat Leftists, who regularly cry wolf about "Christianists trying to create a theocracy", act like the most holier-than-thou of fundamentalists here? Gee, I thought they were all about sexual freedom and "letting it all hang out"?
What about that? Huh? HUH?
Being falsely accused of rape and subsequently cleared certainly does not make one a saint. But it does make one a victim of a smear.
All kinds of people who are victims of injustice need not be saintly. For example, not everyone who died in, say, the Holocaust was a good person, for instance. Among the millions of victims of the evil Nazis, there were, no doubt, at least a tiny number of Jews who DID molest children, steal from civil service jobs, or cheat Gentiles in business dealings. And probably many more who cheated on their wives or their taxes or abused their children. But that doesn’t mean they deserved to be shoved in ovens, or that we shouldn’t bemoan the fact that they were.
And yeah, young men sometimes act like goofballs, as if that justifies throwing them in jail for 20-some odd years and wrecking their futures because they like to watch women take off their clothes.
And Terry Moran must ignore the fact that that’s precisely the service the ladies in question were peddling. Because otherwise, it doesn’t make them seem quite so victimized, now does it?
How I hate Demunist Commiecrat liberal racist and sexist hypocrites. Stripped away of all its ‘educated’ pretense, Demunist Commiecrat leftism is coalition tribalism. The race pimps will never apologize for ‘defending one of their own’, let alone smearing 'one of them', because that is the sum total of their politics. Their entire program is the assembly of just enough identity groups to get a plurality of votes in a majority of Congressional districts and state legislatures, then use their power to take from the rest of us for the benefit of the coalition members.