Media Coverage of the Duke Lacrosse Scandal Essay

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Media Coverage of the Duke Lacrosse Scandal
The 2006 Duke Lacrosse Case brought to light many of the issues and divisions currently plaguing our media sphere. This terrible act of injustice, which blamed three innocent Duke lacrosse players, Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty, and David Evans, for the rape of an African-American stripper, garnered extensive media attention that gripped America for almost an entire year (Wasserman, 3). Today, many scrutinze the media’s methods of covering the case, and deem that certain codes of ethics were not adhered to. Rather than remaining neutral, newspapers and TV outlets allowed themselves to “be used” by Mike Nifong, the former District Attorney for Durham and prosecutor of the case, by reporting
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Shortly thereafter at 11:40 p.m., she was followed by Crystal Mangum, who was also an African-American. After making plans in the bathroom with captains, Dave Evans and Matt Zash, the two women began their show at midnight. It soon became evident, however that Mangum was very intoxicated and could not keep up her routine. Later in the investigation it was confirmed that she was also under the influence of muscle relaxers at the time of the party. Things started to go south when Roberts antagonized one of the players by teasing about his lack of a male part. The player then retaliated to this comment by telling Roberts to use a broom on herself. With this act, the performance ended at approximately 12:05 a.m. Many of the players left at this point, while Roberts and Mangum retired to the bathroom. Fifteen minutes later, at 12:20 a.m., both of the women left the house and got in Robert’s car. One player walked up to the women and apologized, also notifying them that Mangum had left her purse in the house. Upon retrieving her things in the house, Mangum, who was still heavily intoxicated, proceeded to fall down the stairs on her way out at 12:26 p.m (Seigel, 7). This then prompted Dan Flannery to carry her to the car at 12:41 p.m. Many of the players complained about the short show, which caused Roberts to yell to one player that he was a “little d**k white boy” (7). The player retaliated by calling her the N-word. At 12:53

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