Thursday, September 06, 2007

Old Media Ways

Evan Thomas writes a review in Newsweek of KC Johnson’s new book about the Duke Rape Case, “Until Proven Innocent”:

By and large, the press did not let the facts get in the way of a good race-class-sex-violence morality play. Thanks in part to the reporting and guidance of [co-author Stuart Taylor], a NEWSWEEK contributing editor, NEWSWEEK was the first major publication to pick apart the prosecution's case, in an article on June 29, 2006. But the magazine also put mug shots of two of the wrongly charged players on its cover on May 1 and, in the cover story I wrote, clucked at doting parents who do not want to see that their sons could turn into "thugs."

Better late than never. The Paper of Record was still carrying a torch for Mike Nifong months later.

And in the best style of “Old Media”, the Newsweek review does not mention that KC Johnson is a blogger or that his blog became the definitive reference about this case – for journalists as well.

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