One good journalist early on — on the Duke debacle
A Washington Post editorial this morning focused on the “The Duke Debacle” and pointed to the failures of the prosecutors, the Duke faculty and administration, as well as the dismal performance of the media — with one notable exception:
News organizations, eager to pursue a “Jocks Gone Wild” story line, aided and abetted his rush to judgment, all but pronouncing the students guilty before the facts were in. A notable early skeptic was Stuart Taylor Jr. of the National Journal, whose precise analysis of the evidence stands as a rebuke to less careful colleagues.
It’s worth reviewing Taylor’s articles on the case last year — on May 1, and May 22, 2006. Good journalism that.