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Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Playing the 'hooker' card
Yesterday on his radio program, known drug addict (or, "much married, obese drug addict, to quote Mary Mapes...) and consummate hypocrite Rush Limbaugh referred to the alleged victim in the Duke University rape case as a "hooker." The comment was made in response to a caller identifying herself as a "white businesswoman from Florida," who was discussing the illegal immigration issue -- not the Duke lacrosse team controversy -- and the use of the "race card" to silence conservatives. Rush chimed in with the example of the "hooker" accusing the Duke University lacrosse team, and after repeating the slur, laughed "that was just a slip of the toungue, folks..." Just a slip of the toungue.

This morning, conservative talker Glenn Beck also referred to the alleged victim as a "hooker" and also a "prostitute," saying she had been "hired for the party as a sex worker." He then accused her of "playing the race card," said her allegations are "false" and said that the only person who is a bigger "scumbag" is the prosecutor, for "using this case purely for political purposes." (Also forwarded to MediaMatters, so hopefully they'll grab the audio and post it at some point...)

I'm not sure where Limbaugh and Beck -- the number one and three radio personalities in the U.S., by the way, get their information, but it sure gives you a new perspective on the generally low test scores in the country, doesn't it?

These guys clearly feel they've got to defend these fine, young men of the Duke Lacrosee team (in fairness, Beck did criticize them for that scandalous email about skinning the next stripper to fall through, and for apparently, according to a school paper, going out for a night of drinking two weeks after the alleged rape, downing shots and chanting "Duke Lacrosse!!) amid all the allegations). But sliming this alleged victim is an interesting choice, given this same crowd's haughty defense of the woman -- white, btw -- who accused African-American basketball star Kobe Bryant of rape not too long ago. And despite all of the rumors of binge drinking and loose behavior on the island of Aruba, I don't hear Limbaugh and Beck calling Natalee Holloway -- also white -- out.

This young woman's allegations may or may not turn out to be true. We'll have to wait and see. But the fact that she was stripping -- whatever you think of that -- to pay for her college tuition and feed her child -- may make her a person you wouldn't hang with, but it doesn't make her a hooker, and it doesn't make her a liar. The prosecutor in this case says he's proceeding because there is physical evidence beyond DNA. That apparently includes an examination by a nurse at Duke University Hospital who is expert in rape cases, and who found physical evidence consistent with this woman having been raped and sodomized, possibly with a foreign object, Abner Louima-style. I suppose a foreign object could leave it's DNA behind. But I doubt it. And let's recall that DNA evidence is discovered in only about one in five rape cases, so the findings this week are by no means the end of the story. Could she have imagined the whole thing? (She supposedly has ID'd the three alleged attackers, named Adam, Bret and Matt.) Made it all up? Sure. But she's not the only one in this case with an unsavory past. 15 of the players have police records. 46 of them are stonewalling the police. Could it be about politics, since the D.A., Mr. Nifong, is up for reelection? Certainly. I'm not saying any of these guys are guilty. I'm just saying we should let the case play out and withhold judgement of the victim, just as so many are asking that we withhold judgment on the players. Bottom line: I have a great deal of respect for Jeralyn Merritt, but in this case, the jury is still out for me.

Beck asked this morning, "can a hooker get raped? Sure! and is it wrong? Absolutely!" I'd pose another to him and to his fat friend Limbaugh: can someone appear to be a racist ass on the radio, and not actually be a racist ass? It's entirely possible. After all, anything is.

Sidebar: A group representing "Duke families" seeking "fairness" in the case have retained uber-lawyer Bob Bennett, brother of the bookie of virtues and onetime defender of both Bill Clinton and Judy Miller... Bennett is not repping anyone on the criminal end of the case.

Unsurprising update: You can always count on LaShawn Barber to say all the things white people wish they could say in public, but nowadays only say when they're alone. What would they do without her? (If you don't care to read her latest diatribe, I'll summarize: That beeyatch is LYING on those wonderful, upstanding white boys. I used to drink, but do you see me blaming that on the white people who made Jim Beam??? HELL, NO! Black people need to stop (s)TRIPPIN!) ... ahem.

Update 2: A second round of DNA tests is being conducted in this case. Also, apparently the speed with which the first set of tests came back is apparently unusual, leading defendants in other cases who are still waiting on results to wonder what gives...

Links: The Search Warrant affidavit (linked above), courtesy of the Smoking Gun.

Update 2: A second round of DNA tests is being conducted in this case. Also, apparently the speed with which the first set of tests came back is apparently unusual, leading defendants in other cases who are still waiting on results to wonder what gives...

Links: The Search Warrant affidavit (linked above), courtesy of the Smoking Gun.

Update 3: An eyewitness who was at Duke University Hospital the night the accuser turned up following the party (March 13) has given this account to ESPN:


"She was hysterical. She was crying. She was pretty banged up. She said she was sexually assaulted, but she didn't say by whom," the staff member told ESPN The
Magazine's Eric Adelson.

The staff member went on to say the sexual assault nurse found injuries in the woman's pelvic area. "She never said one thing about Duke, any athlete or anything," the source said. "She just kept hollering and screaming. She never said who did it."

Now why ABC11 would headline this story, "Report: Attacker Didn't Mention Duke, Athletes at Hospital" is way, way beyond me. Somebody call the managing editor...

Also, here's what got through the IBS message board monitor. Note how quickly the racism slips out of people like James004 when confronted by a disputed set of facts, one Black, one White... My money says people like James were on exactly the opposite side of the Kobe Bryant case...

Update: Crypto-newsman Tucker Carlson gets in on the act...

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