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Kurtz: It's "Cheesy" To Reveal Name Of Duke Accuser, *Even After* She's Exposed As A Liar And A Criminal | Main | The Takeaway
April 12, 2007

Terry Moran: "Don't Feel Too Sorry For The Dukies"

Two incidences make a trend, as Kaus says.

ABCNews' kneejerk liberal instructs us that we shouldn't empathize too much with the hell the Duke 3 went through, because they were no choirboys, and they're privileged, and also -- the Rutgers Womens Basketball team is suffering far more due Imus' three words!




But perhaps the outpouring of sympathy for Reade Seligman, Collin Finnerty and David Evans is just a bit misplaced. They got special treatment in the justice system--both negative and positive. The conduct of the lacrosse team of which they were members was not admirable on the night of the incident, to say the least. And there are so many other victims of prosecutorial misconduct in this country who never get the high-priced legal representation and the high-profile, high-minded vindication that it strikes me as just a bit unseemly to heap praise and sympathy on these particular men.

Gee, why would it appear "unseemly" to you, Terry? Would it be unseemly were their an outpouring of sympathy for falsely accused blacks?

This is the MSM's new metanarrative for this story, by the way. Previously this story's chief metanarrative instructed us about power inequalities between black and white, poor and rich, female and male, as three privileged white men could rape a poor black woman and imagine they'd get away with it.

The new metarrative is compeletly different, as it now teaches us about power inequalities between black and white, poor and rich, female and male, because it teaches us that three privileged white men can hire expensive lawyers to prove their innocence while poor black men suffer in jail despite their innocence.

See how easy that was? A completely different set of facts, and yet the metanarrative needs no changing whatsoever!

It's as true as it ever was! Indeed, it might be even more true now.

So as we rightly cover the vindication of these young men and focus on the genuine ordeal they have endured, let us also remember a few other things:

They were part of a team that collected $800 to purchase the time of two strippers.

"Purchase." Like slaves.

ABCNews, incidentally, has collected at least $150,000 to "purchase the time" of Terry Moran to write cryptomarxist twaddle like this.

Their team specifically requested at least one white stripper.

Hey, asshole? People are still allowed to have their own tastes as to what excites them sexually.

During the incident, racial epithets were hurled at the strippers.

Allegedly. Given that the rest of this is bullshit, why do they cling to this? Also note the resort to the passive voice here. "Racial epithets were hurled." Why resort to the disfavored passive voice? Only for one reason: To obscure the subject committing the act by writing him out of the sentence entirely.

Who allegedly hurled these epithets, Terry? He knows, but he writes his sentence to avoid saying so -- because it wasn't the three accused and now vindicated.

So he slimes them up by passing on an allegation that "racial epithets were hurled" by deliberately denying the reader information Terry Moran actually has -- the alleged "epithet hurlers" weren't even the Duke 3 at all.

Colin Finnerty was charged with assault in Washington, DC, in 2005.

Oh, dear. A criminal. A college kid getting into a fight.

The young men were able to retain a battery of top-flight attorneys, investigators and media strategists.

As students of Duke University or other elite institutions, these young men will get on with their privileged lives.

There's that word -- privileged.

Why shouldn't they get on with their lives, Terry? They're innocent. Did you not get the memo?

There is a very large cushion under them--the one that softens the blows of life for most of those who go to Duke or similar places, and have connections through family, friends and school to all kinds of prospects for success.

Actually there were two cushions, Terry. One that obsesses you, and one you care little about.

The first cushion: They had the support of their families, who had enough money to fight the charges.

The second cushion: Their factual, provable, obvious innocence.

They are very differently situated in life from, say, the young women of the Rutgers University women's basketball team.

I'm sorry, I thought that it had just been one stupid redneck-wannabe shock jock that maligned them, Terry, while the rest of the country rushed to support them.

Have the, err, been indicted of being "nappy-haired hos" on Imus' false testimony, I wonder?

Did I miss that, Terry? Are they currently in jeopardy of being jailed for 25 years for prostitution based on the word of a liar?


Then excuse me. I don't know how to say this. Let me try it this way:


Oh, don't worry about my resorting to all caps. Terry does, so I thought I'd follow suit.

And, MOST IMPORTANT, there are many, many cases of prosecutorial misconduct across our country every year....

Not like this. Prosecutors sometimes resort to shady means, but they generally do not frame people they know to be innocent.

I hope we all keep him and others in mind, as we cover the celebrated exoneration of well-heeled, well-connected, well-publicized young men whose conduct, while not illegal, was not entirely admirable, either. They aren't heroes.

They can't be heroes because they're white, just like Crystal Gail Mangum can't be a villain because she's black.

I don't really think they're heroes, by the way. They conducted themselves well, but that's not enough to be a "hero" in my book.

But note once again the left-liberals' determination to claim that while they may be technically innocent of rape, goddamnit, they're guilty of something approaching the transgression of a rape. To wit, being white and "privileged."

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