And I want to call out first the newspaper in Durham, North Carolina, "The Durham Herald-Sun," who, to this day...(LAUGHTER) ... has not written a single editorial critical of the way in which Mike Nifong proceeded. If "The Durham-Herald Sun" had bothered to stand up and demand proper processes, the presumption of innocence, and doing things the way our Constitution provides, do you think Mike Nifong would have rolled forward?Unintentionally confirming the wisdom of Cooney's remarks, the Herald-Sun, this morning, published two editorials. One was entitled "Too Scary to Imagine." A denunciation, at long last, of Mike Nifong's misconduct? Not exactly--a routine discussion of climate change.
Instead, they published editorials talking about how bad all the lacrosse players were, and that the lacrosse players should have to prove their innocence, and that, in addition to the crimes that night, there was a crime of a cover-up. And you will not see a word of apology from them.
In fact, as recently as two weeks ago, they were still publishing what they knew were lies, and repeating them.
The other editorial theorized, "Love yourself, Durham. You've got good reason." A day after the state's AG characterized Durham's DA as a "rogue prosecutor" and noted how its police department violated basic procedures, the H-S wrote about the Forbes rankings of "Best Places for Business and Careers" to assert that "although Durham residents may occasionally suffer from bouts of low self-esteem, there is much to love about our town."
The editorials continue the H-S pattern throughout the case: relentlessly spin facts in Nifong's favor, and then when the facts are overpoweringly negative, simply ignore them.