And while you're at it... DAMN US! Us, i.e. the unruly mob who wanted those boys hung from the nearest tree at the outset. Us, the PR business.
As this had gotten such play in the press, certainly the PR biz weighed in with plethora of opinion as to: who was right; who was wrong; who was the victim needing rescue; and who needed, as they say in Texas, "some killin'." Well, bleeding-heart-feminist sympathizers that we are, scared liberals who find a certain comfort in numbers, the "killin" idea touched our hearts.
Here, this captures it. Listen to the words of a CEO of one of the largest PR firms in the world (4/7/06):
Translation: make sure you've got public support before ya hang 'em.
Indeed. As we advised, Duke University President Brodhead bowed to the pressure from protesters and went about ensuring broad public support. In a note to the alumni, he said particularly, "There have been reports of persistent problems involving the men's lacrosse team, including racist language and a pattern of alcohol abuse and disorderly behavior." And "This episode has touched off angers, fears, resentments...brought glaring visibility to underlying issues...concerns of women about sexual coercion and assault...concerns about the culture of certain student groups that regularly abuse alcohol and the attitudes these groups promote...concerns about the survival of the legacy of racism, the most hateful feature American history has produced."
Any second thoughts? Can we rely on the general public to judge? Forgetaboutit. In the words of our PR leader, "I believe that there are times when the court of public opinion needs heavier weighting than those applied in the legal courtroom. This could be one of those cases."
Simple: Hang 'em!!!
And we did.
Anyway, hindsight is always 20/20. Why should we care? What's past is past.
Well, the reason we should care is because that same CEO is also leading PR's Web 2.0 revolution. According to him, it is the masses who are in charge now. You vote as you weigh in to the public "conversation." Participation is the resolution process. It is now the "wisdom of the crowd" that outweighs that of a system of laws and due process.
Nifong's disgrace? No. It is on our hands, as well. At least Nifong apologized. What about our PR leader? How much you want to bet we do not hear a word?
Well, after the cops were cleared of any charges by a local jury, Daddy Bush tried and convicted them in Federal Court for violating Rodney King's civil rights.
I don't like it but the situation as it currently stands is that for every local/state law, there is some national equivalent. I don't like it. It is defacto double-jeopardy and an intrusion into what should be the role of the states, but that is how it stands. So might as well make use of it in this case.
The Bush administration can and should arrest Mike Nifong for violating the Civil Rights of the Duke players. The fact that Bush hasn't done so when he so eagerly arrested the boarder guards (and convicted them) is a disgrace and an insult to all who voted for him. The public, ESPECIALLY REPUBLICANS should now demand that he steps in on this case and throw Nifong into a Federal Prison to await trial.
Bush has to be the worst President in American history. And the way that he is has personally betrayed his base is extremely offensive. Surely he could throw us a bone on this one couldn't he? We should demand that he does.