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Duke students don't need lawyers, they have FOX News: Public defenders

Reported by Chrish - April 20, 2006

John Gibson spent another sizeable chunk of his Big Story today 4/20/06 on the Duke University rape allegations, disseminating more defense talking points. They are delivered as reports, while a challenge yesterday brought an angry response from Gibson.

Over three minutes were devoted to the defense's latest claims, that the alleged victim was missing the fake fingernails she claimed to have lost in the assault earlier in the evening, documented by time-stamped photos, and a cab driver who says he recalls driving one of the defendants at the time the rape was supposedly taking place.

Today's coverage also included an interview with the prosecuting attorney's opponent in an upcoming election for District Attorney. She called his press appearances unethical and unprofessional. So far on FOX we've heard multiple legal defense points, praise for the boys' characters and upbringings, sneering references to the accuser's personal life, and now attacks on the prosecutor bringing the charges. It's clear whose side FOX is on in this case, which begs the question: why? This type of advocacy is why most people don't take FOX seriously as a "news" source.

Take a look at what happened to Wendy Murphy, a former sex crimes prosecutor, when she told John Gibson yesterday that she didn't believe the defense lawyers:

This has been going on for almost three weeks, can you believe it? We first heard about it March 30 when Julie Banderas said there might be racial elements to the story, those "races" being wealthy students and working class townies.

Bush is polling 33% in a FOX poll.

Oil hit a record high, over $72/bbl, today; gas is going up, up, up.

Patrick Fitzgerald is zeroing in on Karl Rove.

Seven US Generals are calling for the resignation/firing of the Secretary of Defense.

And of course, our electoral process is in utter shambles.

The FOX researchers are going to have to come up with more, more, more pseudo-news to distract from all that, and apparently 67% have said they've had enough.

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