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April 12, 2007

Old NYT: Nifong's Sitting On A "Body of Evidence" Demanding Jury Trial
New NYT: Ummm...

(Newsbusters link, not NYT): So, NYT moron Duff Wilson (a sports reporter, by the way, so he has no excuses for exhibiting the stupidty that infects normal ultraliberal incompetent NYT reporters) notoriously wrote this even as Nifong's case was self-destructing for all the world to see. Nifong desperately needed a little buttressing for the dykes bursting all around him, and he knew whose number to dial.

Who do you call when you need an easy score? Well, who else but a cheap whore, not unlike Crystal Gail Mangum.

"By disclosing pieces of evidence favorable to the defendants, the defense has created an image of a case heading for the rocks. But an examination of the entire 1,850 pages of evidence gathered by the prosecution in the four months after the accusation yields a more ambiguous picture. It shows that while there are big weaknesses in Mr. Nifong's case, there is also a body of evidence to support his decision to take the matter to a jury."

This was rubbished at the time by Stuart Taylor, among others, who marvelled at the crafty dishonesty of that statement -- committing to so very little (there's merely a "body of evidence" to support, not compel, taking the case to trial) while implying so much (1,850 pages of evidence -- wow! what a lot of pages! They must really be on to something with this!).

Note also the reporter is not merely reporting what he's been told -- he's not saying Nifong's office claims... He's stating these things, straight-up, of his own authority -- he's read the evidence, and he can say there's a "body of evidence" supporting a jury trial.

Wilson's story today repeats the facts you already know (NYT link), noting that Nifong was branded a "rogue prosecutor" and all that.

And what of that "body of evidence supporting" taking the prosectution to a jury?

No mention of it. Down the memory hole. He uses that reporter psychology to pretend it never existed: "Cold fish-head? Would you like a cold head of fish? It's frozen, and it has its eyes sticking out, and its skeleton coming through. It comes with a turnip and a spork."

Thanks to Brit Hume, too, and whoever tipped me to this.

No apologies. No correction.

No retreat. No surrender.

The "Truth"-- it must always move forward. Like a shark.






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