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In retrospect, I’d have preferred porn

I took my car for emissions testing today.  (The final day of the one-month grace period, thank you very much.)  Which reminds me, I really should get around to doing my taxes.

Anyway, in the waiting area the service station provided internet access.  I went to the Drudge Report for the headlines.

One jumped out at me.  It was a blog post by Terry Moran of ABC News entitled “DON’T FEEL TOO SORRY FOR THE DUKIES.”  So, I clicked on that and the computer just stopped working.  Then a notice came up on the screen that porn was not allowed in that establishment.  I think there may also have been some sort of siren.  So I pulled my hat down low over my face, got up and slunk out.

When I got home, I checked it out and apparently the problem was that some commenters on the post had used the word “pornography,” so it was flagged.

Although Moran’s post is not pornographic, that doesn’t mean it has any redeeming social value.

Here are a couple of excerpts:

As students of Duke University or other elite institutions, these young men will get on with their privileged lives. There is a very large cushion under them–the one that softens the blows of life for most of those who go to Duke or similar places, and have connections through family, friends and school to all kinds of prospects for success. They are very differently situated in life from, say, the young women of the Rutgers University women’s basketball team.

What is he saying?  That it’s worse to be called names by a DJ than to be called rapists by the national media?  That can’t really be what he means.  He must mean that he’d rather be an accused Duke lacrosse player than an insulted Rutger’s basketball player, because–hey!–at least he’d still be a rich white male!  This sounds racist, sexist, and elitist.  (By the way, Moran attended Lawrence University.  At about $40K per year there, his was not a hardscrabble youth.)

Another nice one:

…there are many, many cases of prosecutorial misconduct across our country every year.  The media covers few, if any, of these cases. Most of the victims in these cases are poor or minority Americans–or both. I would hate to say the color of their skin is one reason journalists do not focus on these victims of injustices perpetrated by police and prosecutors, but I am afraid if we ask ourselves the question honestly, we would likely find that it is.

And I’m afraid that if we ask ourselves why we know about this case at all, we would find that it’s precisely because of the races of the purported victim and her accused attackers.  His obtuseness is astonishing.  The media go ape over this story, and when it turns out to be a fraud, Moran’s reaction seems to be how lucky the accused men are to have received so much publicity!

And by the way, what’s with calling them “Dukies?”  I guess “Don’t Feel Too Sorry for the Men Wrongfully Accused of Rape” would have been too long a headline.

A picture of Moran follows.  Be warned that his smug face may cause an uncontrollable urge to punch your screen.

James Lileks had the best line on Terry Moran:

“Whoever named him bought the wrong vowel.”

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2 responses to “In retrospect, I’d have preferred porn

  1. INFJ April 15, 2007 at 1:34 pm

    A weird, twisted idea of what the meaning of compassion is sparks the ramblings of people like Moran. To people like him, only a member of a poor minority can possibly be an object of pity and compassion – even if she is the perpetrator of the injustice against these young men.

    There is a form of mental disorder at work here. Moran seems to despise members of his own socioeconomic class and this masochism is at the root of his false compassion.

    How can he draw a comparison between what these young men have suffered and the hurt feelings of the Rutgers young women at the insults of a shock jock? At the same time he says there is little focus by the media when the victims of injustice are minorities. Shades of Tawana Brawley! They are like a plague of locusts at the mere hint of racial injustice.

  2. laluttefinale April 16, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    Nice blog!

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