Thursday, December 28, 2006

On the Duke Case and the Value of Bloggers

The North Carolina State Bar today filed ethics charges against District Attorney Mike Nifong, who has been conducting what can only be called a sham prosecution against three Duke lacrosse players.

The ethics charges are welcome news indeed. As Power Line notes, the Bar's complaint concerned some of Nifong's less egregious actions. They haven't yet addressed his suppression of exculpatory DNA evidence which cleared the players. More charges against Nifong may be coming.

Stewart Taylor and KC Johnson (see subject link) concisely lay out the case against Nifong, as well as his "enablers," which include the media and many professors at Duke University.

Johnson's site, Durham-in-Wonderland, is the "go to" site for the latest news and analysis on the Duke case. (Also recommended: John in Carolina and Betsy's Page.) Johnson is a history professor. He and Taylor are co-writing a book on the Duke case.

Johnson's work on the case, tenaciously digging into what many in the mainstream media ignored for far too long, ties in well with another story currently circulating in the blogosphere. Joe Rago of Opinion Journal recently wrote an unfortunate harangue against bloggers, claiming blogs are "written by fools to be read by imbeciles."

Dean Barnett dissects Rago's piece, noting:

"With the creation of the blogosphere, the entry barriers to being a writer came down. Anyone who wanted to be a commentator or even practice a little freelance journalism was free to do so. Some of the people who chose to adopt this avocation met with huge success. The Powerline guys, for example, are probably read by more than any op-ed columnist in the country...

"It has to be frustrating for journalists that hordes of bankers, lawyers, professors and other anonymous shlubs can so easily crash their gate."

Johnson, who took it upon himself to "practice a little freelance journalism," is a fine example of a blogger who has "crashed the gate" and made a difference.

"Journalists" such as Rago disdain Johnson and bloggers at their own peril.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Duke case was a classic dog-bites-man story and it reveals an ugly truth about the mainstream media that nobody, even conservatives, want to talk about. First, it's very unusual for white men to rape a black woman. Actual statistics show that black men rape 500 white women for every white man who rapes a black woman. Those are startling statistics, and you've never heard them on CBS News, Time magazine or on National Public Radio--and you never will. Felony black-on-white crime of all classifications follows a similar disparity, though rape is practically dramatic. The truth about race relations in America for the past 80 years is that blacks have been terrorizing whites, especially white women, in wildly disproportionate instances. In face of this black criminality, how do the mainstream media keep alive the ridiculous myth that white America oppresses blacks and keep on track the gravy train of affirmative action, class-action lawsuits, diversity training, multi-culturalism, set-asides quotas and the other "benefits" of white guilt that enrich the Socialist agenda? Naturally, by cooking the news and carefully controlling what information the people receive. Why did the MSM go ballistic over this obviously fraudulent Duke case when they completely ignored the savage attacks on three white girls in Long Beach by a mob of crazed black criminals? How many times have you heard that all serial killers are white men when actual statistics show that blacks and Hispanics make up the majority of serial predators, many of them homosexuals? The reason the Dan Rathers of the world hate the Internet is that it's lifted the curtain on the funny little man working the controls and democratized the dissemination of information. This makes the brainwashing program more difficult, though the Left still controls the entertainment racket and "higher" education where the most damage is done. I don't want to stir the pot on race relations--quite the opposite--but let's not stick our collective heads in the sand either.

8:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excuse me, not a classic dog-bites-man story . . . but a classic man-bites-dog story!! (I should get MY story stright!)

8:39 AM  

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