Saturday, December 02, 2006
They wield their words without the facts
When wrong, they obfuscate
Truth is trivia to them
Reality...open to debate.
As Spring, then Summer passed us by
And their "assumptions" were proven false
Not ONE has said "Here.. I got it wrong.
Accept my sincere remorse."
They respond with tortured rhetoric
Even they could not define
So we were sad when Crowley seemed
To become "Prof 89"
But Crowley's made of stronger stuff
Rock-solid, you might say
We note today's apology
Made in a very public way.
Any one of us can get it wrong
Even with the best intent
And speak before we have the facts
But it takes a finer man...
To speak again and set things straight
If only more would follow suit...
Crowley moved the earth a bit today
And the "climate" has improved
Yesterday the Herald-Sun published an apology from Duke earth sciences professor Thomas Crowley for his November 13th guest column about the Duke lacrosse case. Crowley’s original letter was widely denounced here and on other blogs. To his credit, Crowley did not simply duck the criticism. Yesterday, Crowley stated, “I have subsequently been informed of errors in that letter. In particular my blanket statement about behavior of the lacrosse team was neither fair in general nor applicable to the particular case now in dispute. I apologize for this and any other errors.” We commend Professor Crowley for acknowledging the errors. This marks the first time, to our knowledge, that anyone at Duke has apologized for mischaracterizing the lacrosse team or making a mistake of any kind during Duke’s response to the allegations. The response from Duke to criticism has all too often been similar to the response KC Johnson reported from Wahneema Lubiano, “Do not email me again. I am putting your name and email address in my filter.” Perhaps the quote, “my blanket statement about behavior of the lacrosse team was neither fair in general nor applicable to the particular case now in dispute” can form a starting point for the next Group of 88 ad in the Chronicle. We can at least hope.