Monday, September 18, 2006

Meet the Enablers - Bob Ashley

Nifong Apologist Numero Uno - Bob Ashley
Selected quotes by Bob Ashley on the Duke Hoax:
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."
(In fact, Mr. Cheek stated very clearly in a formal news conference that he would not campaign for the office. Statements by Mr. Cheek that directly contradict the Herald Sun's inaccurate assertions include: "I will not run a campaign." and "I'm not going to have any further connection with the campaign, with the election, with anything after I finish answering questions today.")
"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."
(More accurately, what Mr. Cheek said publicly was "The people will be able to directly state whether they are satisfied with the status quo. They will state that themselves...In June the people spoke with signatures on a petition. In November the people will speak with votes at the ballot box. I want to emphasize to you that what I am saying is that the people will speak. Lewis Cheek isn't going to be speaking. It's up to every individual voter to make up his/her decision on what they might believe is the right thing to do." Lewis Cheek clearly DID NOT say that his supporters shouldn't vote for him after all.)

Read more about Ashley’s role as an Enabler of the Hoax:
More on Ashley:
INDY: Inside The Herald-Sun - JANUARY 18, 2006

One year after a traumatic takeover by the Paxton Media chain, Durham’s hometown newspaper offers more local content, but less news."Outside the window of Bob Ashley's office are the piney woods that drew him back to North Carolina to take a job as editor of The Herald-Sun in Durham one year ago. From this part of The Herald-Sun building, just off U.S. 15-501, the view is peaceful, a wall of evergreen trees filtering the afternoon sunlight. To the left of his desk, however, the view is dreary: a newsroom that has seen its staff and its morale plummet since Ashley's first day of work, when 80 of its 350 employees were fired, including beloved executive editor Bill Hawkins, whom Ashley was sent to replace. Some reporters have described the atmosphere as toxic..."

Read the entire article here: INDY: Inside The Herald-Sun - JANUARY 18, 2006

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