Let "60 Minutes" Know You Want It to Do the Right Thing
The day after I posted "The "60 Minutes" season opener should close the Duke case" (upsetting the secretive, the timid and the worriers), a gentleman who coaches youth lacrosse and admits interest in "skewering idiots" not only sent a very helpful letter to "60 Minutes," but the day after that he posted this abbreviated version of it in the editors' blog at The News & Observer:
My letter to 60 Minutes producers yesterday:
Thursday, August 17, 2006
[Addresss, salutation, etc.]
I have blogged extensively on the Durham Political & Media Corruption Scandal, once incorrectly dubbed the "Duke Lacrosse Rape Scandal" by the mainstream media. I write as "NDLax84" at http://crystalmess.blogspot.com and other sites devoted to this disgraceful American tragedy. Michael Gaynor has reported, here: http://www.webcommentary.com/asp/ShowArticle.asp?id=gaynorm&date=060817, that 60 Minutes will highlight its season-opener with a blockbuster expose of the "Duke" matter. I suspect the following invaluable references have already been forwarded to your attention. They are MUST reading for all involved in producing a "fair and balanced" investigative piece:
Professor and historian Robert KC Johnson's amazing
I am mindful of the national exposure and power that a 60 Minutes expose packs. Do it right. Mike Nifong is a disturbed jerkwater despot who must be stopped. The judges in bed with him must be held accountable. The failure of the Governor and AG to step in, whether due to political allegiance, cronyism, and egg-on-face, must be disclosed. The racist, inept and/or blindly-order-taking P.D. (Himan, Gottlieb, Clayton, Michael, et. al.) must be drummed out of civil service forever. The reprehensible conduct of the local media, both in fanning the flames of race- and class-based hatred for 46 innocent men at the outset, and in foot-dragging and obfuscating the readily available truth in favor of the Duke Three in the months since, must be exposed.
This cannot be a "Tevye" -- on the one hand; on the other hand" type piece. Well, I suppose it could be, but it most definitely ought not be. Since the US DOJ is apparently unwilling to step in and snuff the cockroaches, currently, it is up to you. Scorch the earth there. We're counting on you. And we'll be watching.
[Closing, contact info., etc.]
I am delighted that the gentleman followed up on my report of the intention at "60 Minutes" so well.
The more "60 Minutes" hears from the people, the better.
That gag order has been an obstacle to witnesses helping "60 Minutes" since July 17, 2006.
Those of us who will not be witnesses need to pick up the slack.
To those interested in having a trial of the Duke case next year: find another interest that does not victimize the innocent.
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.