K.C. JOHNSON: The Times Vilifies Another Athlete, Presenting No Evidence. “But, of course, this is the New York Times. And if the Duke lacrosse case left no other legacy, it’s that the paper frames its coverage of campus allegations of sexual assault in such a way that ignores issues of due process.”
On the other hand, they know how to send the desired message.
The down side of the politically correct norm of treating alleged victims with kid gloves while failing to respect the due process rights of the accused. The interesting thing is that those screaming loudest for the protection of the "victims" in cases like this would probably also champion the rights of indigent defendants accused of drug offenses, squatters "occupying" foreclosed homes, and "undocumented immigrants" who are in violation of immigration laws. Do we as a society have less sympathy for those "1%-ers" like Yale quarterbacks and Duke lacrosse players, Lindsey Lohan and Martha Stewart? Should we?