The Duke lacrosse case, in which three athletes were wrongly accused of rape, inspired a new film commissioned by EPSN entitled “Fantastic Lies.” Aired on the 10th anniversary of the team party that started the incident, it broke little new ground.
Sadly, nobody learned anything from the incident, aside from a few alleged journalists seeking cover so they might continue their wretched careers. From The Washington Examiner’s Ashe Schow:
“None of the campus administrators who branded the young men as rapists before the evidence was collected ever faced consequences, and it appears they have no remorse for their actions. Richard Brodhead is still president of Duke, and in an interview with the Duke Chronicle, said he was ‘certainly at ease in my conscience’ regarding the way he and his administration treated the innocent students who were falsely accused. Brodhead also said ‘I don’t spend my time looking back on this’ and said the whole incident ‘was distracting.’ ”
The investigating cop committed suicide. The prosecutor was disbarred. Apparently being an academic means never having to say you were wrong about anything ever. More from Ms. Schow:
“Members of the ‘Group of 88’ – faculty who distributed advertisements asking ‘what does a social disaster sound like?’ and quotes from students condemning the lacrosse players as if they were guilty – have tried to rewrite history regarding their actions. One former Duke lecturer, Christine Beaule, claimed to the Duke Chronicle that the flyer ‘wasn’t about the kids at all.’ ”
That is a crock; everybody knows it. Others have tried to argue that jumping to assume guilt in a case in which race and privilege are major components is merely “trying to advance a dialogue” and therefore is to be excused. My dialogue: Screw you all; I wait for facts.