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Citizen Journalism Rips the MSM a New Hole

The Massacre of Innocence
A stunning new book shows how elite culture made the Duke rape hoax possible.

Privileged, rowdy white jocks at an elite, Southern college, a poor, young black stripper, and an alleged rape: It was a juicy, made-for-the-media story of race, class and sex, and it was told and retold for months with a ferocious, moralistic intensity. Reporters and pundits ripped into Duke University, the white race and the young lacrosse players at the center of the episode, and the local justice system quickly handed up indictments. But as Stuart Taylor Jr. and KC Johnson show in “Until Proven Innocent”–and as the facts themselves would show when they finally came to light–it was a false story, a toxic controversy built on lies and bad faith.

There was plenty of wrongdoing, of course, but it had very little to do with Duke’s lacrosse players. It was perpetrated instead by a rogue district attorney determined to win re-election in a racially divided, town-gown city; ideologically driven reporters and their pseudo-expert sources; censorious faculty members driven by the imperatives of political correctness; a craven university president; and black community leaders seemingly ready to believe any charge of black victimization.

I truly believe that, if not for KC Johnson and his indispensable “Durham in Wonderland” blog-based reporting, which just absolutely shredded the “conventional wisdom” of race, class, and economic privilege being behind thi debunked “crime,”, which framed all the reporting in the MSM about this entire tawdry affair, those kids would have gone to jail. His straightforward reporting forced the story to NOT be accepted at first glance, and his digging put Nifong back on his heels and, ultimately, sitting on the witness stand attempting to defend his reprehensible conduct (if only CNN would similarly beat the bejeezuz out of that bitch Nancy Grace).

I also believe that KC’s future at CUNY/Brooklyn is entirely screwed. If he doesn’t have tenure, the wild-eyed PC profs that run that university’s system are gonna shove his ass right out the door for having the temerity to buck their “victimology” status quo.

I say this from watching a teacher/friend have it happen to him. He wrote a book that got rave reviews, and for some unknown reason (hero was a polack jew), that landed him on CUNY’s Shit List.

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