Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Nifong Times

Other than the Durham Herald-Sun, no newspaper in the country disgraced itself in the Duke Lacrosse Case more than did the New York Times. This is a paper that claimed an obvious deus ex machina report written by a police sergeant who took no notes in the case was a vital piece of evidence. (One would guess the report was "evidence" in a crime if one understands that the Durham Police Department helped fabricate the charges and had its officers lie to grand jurors, and prepare false documents, which actually is criminal behavior.)

This is a paper that claimed that police had discovered what would amount to a "magic towel" that would wipe away the DNA of one person and keep another. This is a paper whose reporters, columnists, and editors seemed to believe that Political Correctness means that one can suspend the laws of time and space when left-wing "values" are at stake.

After the Duke case imploded and left egg all over the faces of NYT staffers, there was a promise by media people in general and the folks at the NYT in particular to "do better" the next time. That was a lie, a huge lie, as the very institutional nature of modern American journalism simply does not permit reflection, only reaction, and the reaction is done by people whose tunnel vision worldviews only make things worse.

Along came the rape and sexual assault allegations against former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn and -- Guess what? -- the NYT and other newspapers and media outlets run over the same cliff that they did in the Duke case, from the early rush to judgment and the usual platitudes about power and poverty to the media frenzy at the "perp walk." As in the Duke case, when the facts came out, the NYT once again looked to be a ridiculous rag.

So, what does the paper do? It puts out pro-prosecution propaganda. Yes, it was the PROSECUTION that found the discrepancies in the accuser's statements. And, on the editorial page of July 5, columnist Joe Nocera put out every ridiculous platitude that one could imagine in praising D.A. Cyrus Vance, Jr.

Before looking at the guy's ridiculous column, I remind readers of the recent column by Eric Margolis, a writer and thinker I respect much more than Nocera. Margolis reminds his readers that the revelations by the prosecution were not done in the name of "doing the right thing," but rather because the defense was about to lay out the facts, and the prosecutors didn't want to be shown up:
It is unprecedented for prosecutors to discredit their own star witness. The city’s red-faced DA, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., probably did so because of rumors that the defense, which had assigned a number of crack investigators to check into the maid’s background, was about to go public with the embarrassing information.
(Interestingly, I had said the same thing in my previous column on this sorry case.)

Enter Nocera. After giving the typical NYT view of the case, he declares:
For the life of me, though, I can’t see what Vance did wrong. Quite the contrary. The woman alleged rape, for crying out loud, which was backed up by physical (and other) evidence. She had no criminal record. Her employer vouched for her. The quick decision to indict made a lot of sense, both for legal and practical reasons. Then, as the victim’s credibility crumbled, Vance didn’t try to pretend that he still had a slam dunk, something far too many prosecutors do. He acknowledged the problems.

Lévy, himself a member of the French elite, seems particularly incensed that Vance wouldn’t automatically give Strauss-Kahn a pass, given his extraordinary social status. Especially since his accuser had no status at all.

But that is exactly why Vance should be applauded: a woman with no power made a credible accusation against a man with enormous power. He acted without fear or favor. To have done otherwise would have been to violate everything we believe in this country about no one being above the law.
For starters, the prosecutors lied about the strength of their case. What they had was a woman who was a good actor, and who had engaged in sex with DSK. Hey, if a politician were to be charged with rape for every sexual escapade, then Ted Kennedy would have died in prison.

But Nocera doesn't stop there. No, channeling what the NYT crowd was saying about the Duke case, he declares:
As for Strauss-Kahn’s humiliation, clearly something very bad happened in that hotel room. Quite possibly a crime was committed. Strauss-Kahn’s sordid sexual history makes it likely that he was the instigator. If the worst he suffers is a perp walk, a few days in Rikers Island and some nasty headlines, one’s heart ought not bleed. Ah, yes, and he had to resign as the chief of an institution where sexual harassment was allegedly rampant, thanks, in part, to a culture he helped perpetuate. Gee, isn’t that awful?
What is Nocera saying? He is declaring that because DSK was wealthy, there was nothing wrong in bringing false charges against him. Where have we heard that before? Try reading the NYT columnists on the Duke case, and you will see the similarities in thinking.

The real problem is that facts no longer matter at the NYT, only ideology. It was ideology that gave the NYT license to help Rudy Giuliani commit felony after felony in his pursuit of Wall Street figures and the pursuit of ideology that permitted the NYT to give a free pass to the brutal predations of Elliot Spitzer, a.k.a., Client #9.

Like the Bourbons of France, the journalists at the NYT learn nothing -- and they forget nothing.


Cyril Lucar said...

"Teddy Kennedy would have died in prison..."

Bwahahahahaha! Awesome.

What are your thoughts on the Anthony case? I think she did it, but I suspect that the prosecution came far from proving it.

William L. Anderson said...

I agree with you. I wrote a commentary on it, but won't post it until later, maybe this evening.

Asha said...

I'm shocked, but not shocked. Casey Anthony is found not guilty and her child is not alive. My minor son gets convicted on some he said/she said, malarkey with no proof, no evidence no nothing and he has to spend a great deal of his life in prison. Our justice system at work.

Asha said...

To add on to my last comment, my mentally disabled son didn't have a dead body either, but was sentenced to prison for a crime he was accused of at 14, but he still proclaims his innocence, give me a break.

liberranter said...

The only reason that an obviously compromised, lying, anachronistic rag like the NYT continues to exist as a going business concern is that the UFSA is populated in the main by gullible, functionally illiterate sheeple who are incapable of critical thought.

Anonymous said...

These folks who say its no big deal to be arrested, to spend time in jail, to be publicly humiliated because the state chose to arrest you are truly scary. Have they ever been arrested or put in jail. Have they ever had the state try to crush you. Why is it ok? What if he were a personal saint, or involved with wiki-leaks, or dr. phil, would it then have been less ok?

Let's not put a fine point on it. Every single cop, in every single town, and every county sheriff in every county, has the power to capture and cage you and, in the process, bankrupt you and shame you. The only thing preventing that from happening based upon false or shaky allegations are state and federal constitutional and similar protections that law enforcement is supposed to follow. It is not okay to punish someone with that outcome simply because you perceive them as a bad guy.


liberranter said...

These folks who say its no big deal to be arrested, to spend time in jail, to be publicly humiliated because the state chose to arrest you are truly scary. Have they ever been arrested or put in jail[?]

The answer to that is obvious. I've long held that the one silver lining to the burgeoning Sicherheitsstaat is that, like in the Stalin-era USSR, so many people will be arrested and will have spent time locked up that it will eventually lose its stigma. If it is absolutely inevitable that the Amerikanischer Polizeistaat fully metastasizes, then I pray that the millions of State and authoritah-worshiping dolts who pollute our nation are given overdoses of the medicine that they so casually condone being dispensed to others who are "anybody but [me]." It will of course be too late by then, but that's the only turn of events that will cure the Amoricon Sheeple of their yen to be gefuehrt.