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Tom Sears

October 30, 2007

On The Right Side: Duke team still lacks apologies

This column marks my second full year of writing in this column for The Daily Star.

It's amazing how fast time flies when you're having fun. It looks like the upcoming year is going to provide me with a number of controversial topics, and I certainly look forward to this.

Even though it was tempting to write about the Spitzer debacle or the attacks made on the Senate floor by the pathetic little man, Harry Reid, on a private citizen, Rush Limbaugh, I promised one more column on the Duke lacrosse fiasco and the apologies that have not yet been made.

Everyone knows about the out-of-control district attorney who has fortunately been required to resign and has been disbarred.

After all the lawsuits are over, he will probably be reduced to selling pencils on a street corner somewhere. It will be a fitting conclusion to a dishonorable career and it will serve him right.

More worrisome are the three remaining lynch mob characters. These are the media, Duke's president and the ultra-liberal segment of Duke's faculty, all of whom's behavior was reprehensible.

First the media. Can anyone point out where there has been an apology anywhere nearly as spectacular as their pre-judging the case without waiting for the facts to come out?

Someday, maybe someone will remind them that their job is to simply report the news and keep their liberal biases to themselves.

Say what you might about Fox News and The Wall Street Journal _ they consistently pointed out all the facts that contradicted the case being made against the three Duke players even before the DNA results came back.

The New York Times, however, stuck with its theme, as Robert Bliwise, author of "One Year Later," points out, of "privileged whites abusing poor black women." It's sad when liberal agendas take precedence over facts, but, hey, if it sells more copies or draws more readers, it must be OK.

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