The lead story on today's H-S website is headlined: "Racial Strain Factor in Cooper Declaration."
The first paragraph:
DURHAM -- State Attorney General Roy Cooper says the strains the Duke lacrosse case inflicted on Durham's racial climate played a role in his decision last week to declare the three defendants innocent of sexually assaulting an exotic dancer.Yet Cooper said nothing of the sort in his interview with 60 Minutes. Here is the transcript, from the CBS website:
But the attorney general also announced he would not press charges against her for filing false police reports.The AG said racial strain played a factor in deciding not to charge the accuser. He never said--or even came close to implying--that racial strain played any factor in how he or his office approached the decision to declare the players absolutely innocent.
"Is the decision purely about her mental state or did you also take into account what this might do to this community which was already roiled in racial tension? Were you afraid that it would exacerbate more racial tension?" Stahl asks Cooper.
"We did consider it. We did talk about it. But we think in the best interest of justice, that it was not the right thing to do," Cooper says.
Author credit for the H-S complete misrepresentation of the 60 Minutes broadcast: "staff reports." How fitting.
[Update, 1.46pm: At 12.44pm, the first two paragraphs of the article magically changed:
DURHAM -- State Attorney General Roy Cooper says the strains the Duke lacrosse case inflicted on Durham's racial climate played a role in his decision last week to not pursue false report charges against an exotic dancer who had claimed three Duke lacrosse players sexually assaulted her at a party.The H-S website, at least, contains no mention of a correction. It simply has whitewashed its original, massive, misrepresentation.]
"We did consider it [filing charges against the accuser]," Cooper said. "We did talk about it. But we think in the best interest of justice, that it was not the right thing to do."