"A lot of the commentary has been uninformed and underinformed," said Philip Wood, a marketing executive in Raleigh who last summer started a blog, LieStoppers (liestoppers.blogspot.com), to try to poke holes in the case being developed by Durham District Attorney Michael B. Nifong, who later removed himself from the case and is being investigated for prosecutorial misconduct.
"The lack of accurate information has highlighted the condemnation of the accused players," Wood said yesterday. In particular, The New York Times "seemed to use their stories as editorials."
After the Times ran a front-page article about the case Aug. 25, Wood and fellow writers on the LieStoppers blog "pulled an all-nighter," he said, to refute some of its points.
The Times "corrected a few facts, but nothing significant," Wood said. He said the paper's coverage improved once David Barstow, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, began covering the case late last year.
Wood reserved particular opprobrium for The Herald-Sun in Durham, whose articles, he said, were often "thinly veiled" in their support for Nifong. "It was consistent in nearly every piece," the LieStoppers blogger said. "They've attempted to downplay the charges against Nifong."
Sunday, April 15, 2007
LieStoppers Pictured on ABC Affiliate WTVD
"Media Faulted in Duke Case" -- Nick Madigan, Baltimore Sun, April 12, 2007