Saturday, April 26, 2014
Weekend Reading (and Listening)
For those with a few minutes of spare time over the weekend, some items for review:
(1) I’ve linked a couple of times to Radley Balko’s excellent piece on the disparity in reviews of the Cohan book. In light of the Times’ decision to run a second(!) glowing review of a book that basically mirrors the thesis of the paper’s own flawed reporting, the Balko piece is worth another look.
(2) A few commenters have (correctly) noted that Cohan has stayed away from any conservative media appearances. But, as Balko noted about reviews, the issue is less ideological than basic competence. Cohan has received one interview from a journalist who actually knew something about the case—Frank Stasio, of WUNC’s “State of Things.” Stasio didn’t do much in terms of follow-ups, but he asked detailed, well-researched questions, and he pressed Cohan particularly hard on the author’s apologia for prosecutorial misconduct. Cohan floundered in response. I strongly recommend another listen to Stasio’s interview, especially the final nine minutes.
(3) I’ll have a fisk of Cohan’s latest press appearance on Monday, but did two long ones this week, one tracing Cohan’s appearance on C-SPAN, the second with New York. In both appearances, Cohan demonstrated an ability to be fast and loose with the facts that would have made his protagonist, Mike Nifong, blush.
(4) For those who missed it, Stuart Taylor’s 40-minute interview on C-SPAN, discussing the Cohan thesis. Stuart broke some news, as well: citing a very reliable source, he reported that the individual settlements were $6.7 million, not (as Cohan has claimed, citing “the consensus around Duke and Durham”) $20 million. Since he has been wrong on so much else, it’s not surprising to see Cohan wrong on the settlement total, as well.
Here is the full clip of Stuart: