He praises 60 Minutes' recent stories on the case--but also asks what took so long for the story to emerge, given the basic facts were known months ago. "And where's," Mushnick wonders, "everyone else in the news media who rashly fueled an episode of mob and racial injustice, so reminiscent of what American blacks suffered for decades?"
To Mushnick, this has been a "pathetic case of abandoning justice to pander to every sensibility except justice," and the media "was as guilty as Durham County D.A. Mike Nifong, the desperate fellow who needed [Durham']s African-American vote to get reelected, even if it meant sending innocent people to prison."
Moreover, in a comment that could have been directed at the Group of 88, Mushnick wonders about the enablers. "Even now that Nifong has been exposed as a butcher of justice, he is being portrayed as the only bad guy in the Duke case. But why aren't those political, social and academic leaders who demanded Nifong's rush to injustice now called upon for answers?"His conclusion: "the answer is found in race. Once race enters the equation, the news media is easily frightened. Who wants to be branded a racist? But those who genuinely and bravely pursue the truth shouldn't care."
A depressing, if perceptive, commentary.