“I have never before witnessed such a disgrace in professional journalism... I should know. I live in Jena [Louisiana]. My wife has taught at Jena High School for many years. And most important, I am probably the only reporter who has covered these events from the very beginning... According to the expulsion committee, the crudely constructed nooses were not aimed at black students. Instead, they were understood to be a prank by three white students aimed at their fellow white friends, members of the school rodeo team. (The students apparently got the idea from watching episodes of ‘Lonesome Dove.’) The committee further concluded that the three young teens had no knowledge that nooses symbolize the terrible legacy of the lynchings of countless blacks in American history... As with the Duke Lacrosse case, the truth about Jena will eventually be known. But the town of Jena isn’t expecting any apologies from the media. They will probably never admit their error and have already moved on to the next ‘big’ story.” —Craig Franklin, assistant editor of The Jena Times
This has to end.