Fairness and Justice for Whom? The Media’s Coverage of the Duke Lacrosse Case
2007 SPJ Convention, Washington, D.C.

Allegations that three white Duke Lacrosse players had sexually assaulted a black exotic dancer at a party rocked the campus and the Durham community and made headlines across the country. Were the media caught up in the rush to judgment that eventually led to ethics sanctions against the prosecuting attorney and the dismissal of all charges against the three Duke Lacrosse players? Did mainstream media abdicate their responsibilities as authenticators of the facts to bloggers?

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