The New York Times alone has mentioned the Scottsboro Boys case from the 1930s nearly 20 times since 2002 (expanding the "news" part of "newspaper" just a bit), so I think I'm entitled to spend at least one more week luxuriating in the Duke lacrosse players' total vindication and the exposure of a Southern liberal prosecutor as a corrupt hack.
Twenty years ago, disbarred Duke prosecutor Mike Nifong would have been Time magazine's Man of the Year. Vanity Fair would have photographed him sitting in a Porsche under the headline: "Speaking Truth to Power."
One hundred years ago, he would have been lynching innocent black men. Southern liberals have stayed the same; only their victims have changed.
To watch the complete destruction of this foolish and evil man, Michael Nifong -- despite the mainstream media's best efforts to portray him as a modern-day Atticus Finch -- is as great a moment as the annihilation of Dan Rather. Katie Couric's self-immolation is just a bonus -- when it rains, it pours!
It is as great as Clinton's impeachment (which The New York Times is already claiming never happened in a front-page Week in Review article by Sam Tanenhaus on May 20).
The fact that we keep catching liberals in such blatant falsehoods shows you what they used to be able to get away with.
When the falsely accused Duke lacrosse players Reade Seligmann and Collin Finnerty were indicted, Newsweek put their mug shots on its cover.
Months after the story first broke and most of the exculpatory evidence was known, an opinion piece -- I assume it was an opinion piece -- in The Washington Post began: "She was black, they were white, and race and sex were in the air." No, that's not the tagline for a new reality show -- it's the first line of a legitimate story in a U.S. paper. It was downhill from there. The Duke case was "reminiscent of a black woman's vulnerability to a white man during the days of slavery, reconstruction and Jim Crow."
In fact, the case was reminiscent of the Scottsboro Boys case, but this time the falsely accused rape defendants were white. If only the press had dubbed them the "Durham Boys," that would be a great title for the Lifetime TV movie about this case that will never be made.
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