GWEN IFILL: You say there's politics involved into some of this?BOB ASHLEY: I wouldn't suggest that.
“The photos appear to show somebody who was lying down and incapacitated,"
“I think it combines so many forces right now. It combines the question of race. It combines the question of, you know, 200 years of concern over exploitation of black women by white men of privilege. It contains the elements of an elite university and its surrounding community. It's really a perfect storm of events that have come together and causes that have come together.”
“At The Herald-Sun, barely a day goes by that we don't worry about impact of the coverage that we is, after all, being driven by events.”
“We've treated that part of the story, quite frankly, much like The New York Times has.”
GWEN IFILL: Why shouldn't -- we should point out these men have not been charged. Why is that? Why do we think that is?BOB ASHLEY: Well, the district attorney says it's because he's continuing his investigation.
"There is a fair amount of concern among some alumni about the continued sense that maybe some of the off-campus behavior of some Duke students, and maybe in particular some athletes, is a problem for this school," said Robert Ashley, a Duke alumnus and editor of the Durham Herald-Sun.
The question of whether athletes are -- have a sense of entitlement particularly in some of the more esoteric sports like lacrosse, where I think that may particularly come into play, have been here and have simmering but they've been other places and been simmering.
"We've tried to consistently remind that all the facts aren't out, and that the defense attorneys are releasing just what fragments of the total evidence they choose to make public."
Sure, the [MacFayden] e-mail that surfaced last week had been the result of a -- actually had been the reason for a sealed search warrant. And we had actually had gone to court or were prepared to go to court -- hopefully, won without it -- to open that file.
"Nifong's critics have questioned everything from his character to his legal savvy. We think that the 25-year veteran of the prosecutor's office must have some evidence, or he would have dropped the case long ago."
“Yet he [Lewis Cheek] still withheld a formal decision on whether he would actually campaign for the office."
"Cheek said being district attorney would be too much of a distraction from the business of his Durham law firm, so supporters shouldn't vote for him after all."