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Claim: Media Overreached in Duke Rape Case

Posted Apr 11, 2007 9:10 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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The local prosecutor criticized for too-hastily filing charges against former Duke University lacrosse players accused of raping a woman at a party was not the only one who rushed to judgment, the Baltimore Sun says. Many media outlets, too, didn't let the facts or a need to investigate interfere with their preconceived notion of a good story, reporter Nick Madigan writes in a news analysis.

Madigan quotes Philip Wood, a direct-marketing executive in Raleigh who started a blog, LieStoppers, to critique the case being developed: "A lot of the commentary has been uninformed and underinformed. ... The lack of accurate information has highlighted the condemnation of the accused players. In particular, The New York Times, Wood said, "seemed to use their stories as editorials."

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