The Left’s Problem with the Truth

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007 10:53 am by Neal

Thomas Sowell writes in “Unfinished Business” of the left’s “moral dry rot” as it places ideology — Political Correctness — above the “search for truth.” What institution of the left is most guilty? That would be academia — the colleges and universities whose faculty are stacked with socialists and Marxists and are entrusted with “educating” impressionable young adults. Why do we tolerate the public funding of these institutions given the propaganda, indoctrination, zealous ideology and disdain for the truth so ubiquitous in academia?

And when are the 88 professors of the Duke Lynch Mob going to be held to account for their slander of innocents? It’s time to drag these cowards out of their ivory tower and into the courtroom for the introductory course, Truth and Consequences 101.

Nothing that District Attorney Nifong did suggests that he ever thought these players were guilty or that he ever intended to bring them to trial.

The photo lineup presented to the stripper was so completely different from standard procedure that it was virtually an invitation for a judge to throw out any identification resulting from it — and without that identification, there was no case.

This was not about winning a case. It was about winning an election.

Nifong could not allow a standard lineup to be used to have the accuser identify her alleged attackers, or else her unreliability would have been exposed early on, depriving him of a case to use to get the black vote in his election.

There is not the slightest reason to believe that Nifong was deceived or mistaken. He was not some kid fresh out of law school. He had decades of experience as a prosecutor. He knew exactly what he was doing.

Nor was the New York Times a naive ingenue in these matters. It had backed Al Sharpton’s fraudulent accusations of rape in the Tawana Brawley case, which had the same politically correct elements of a black woman accusing white men of rape.

Nor were the 88 Duke faculty members who promoted a lynch-mob atmosphere naive. Most were from departments promoting the “race, class, and gender” vision of victimhood.

This case served their purposes. That trumped any question about whether the charges were true or not.

Don’t expect any of these people to recant or apologize. But be aware of how wide and how deep the moral dry rot goes.

That such people are teaching students at an elite university is a chilling thought. That they promote a campus atmosphere where political correctness trumps the search for truth is painful.

That such attitudes and such atmospheres are not peculiar to Duke University, but are common on elite college campuses from coast to coast is a time bomb with the potential to destroy individuals and ultimately undermine the whole society.



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