Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns understands the horrors faced by five New York City teens unfairly charged with rape back in 1989. "The Central Park Five," the new documentary co-directed by Burns on the subject, lets the five victims recall that tumultuous time in their lives and documents just how much the false charges crushed their youth. Yet Burns seems indifferent to another case in which three young men were unfairly accused of rape and waited 15 months to have their names cleared. Burns brought up the 2006 Duke Lacrosse case, in which three students
Comments: Oh really? And just how does this arrogant leftist know they were just "mildly" inconvenienced. His pomposity is stunning.
False rape charges, especially those that are the focus of a nationwide withchunt and scrutiny, are not a mild inconvenience. I am certain they could cope better than some with less means, but I am sure it was not anything fun.
Central Park Five? Is that the group of...urban yutes... who raped a white woman who was out jogging? Defense claimed they were just "wilding"? F´em. The three lacrosse players were railroaded by a heinous government conspiracy. That was scary.
#3: The five yutes were cleared of the charges after fifteen years in prison. DNA evidence showed they weren´t the rapists. I don´t know what they were doing in the park or if they were there at all. I do NOT trust the NYC police, the NYC DA´s office, the NYC public defenders system ... and nobody else should.
What Ken Burns needs to understand is that the Duke Lacrosse players went through hell and it could have gotten as bad as what the Central Park 5 experienced. Maybe Ken Burns needs to be accused of rape and have the media attack him and lie about him incessantly. Have the DA hold on to obvious bogus charges until someone at the highest level of the state justice system steps in.
Everything I read about Burns makes me certain that his documentaries have disinformed people for decades and someone needs to make some counters to his lies.
"In no time" says Ken Burns! 15 months and how much in legal fees? Their own faculty was publicly against them. If their parents,had,not been financially able to defend them, they would be in jail today and their "victim" would have been on every talk show and perhaps the star of one of Mr. Burns´ documentaries.
Never mind that accuser Crystal Mangum went on to "mildly inconvenience" her boyfriend by stabbing him to death. Had justice been served in the first place, she would have been safely tucked away in some prison or hospital.
I´ve had it with this country and gutless cowardly white men. I´m a white man who´s had enough of people like Burns, Foxx and whatever loony liberal who wants to rewrite history in order to slam white men. These black savages raped and just about slaughtered a white woman. In fact, according to FBI stats, every year since the 70´s there are approximately 15,000 to 37,000 rapes of white women by black men. The opposite...rapes of black women by white men?? Zero. Anything 10 and under in a single year is given a zero by the FBI. The left, fueled by Obama, is super aggressively trying to make white the new n-word. Ole Ken needs to read the history of these black racial terrorists in one of Ann Coulters books. "Godless", I think. I give up. White men need to shriek from the buildings they no doubt designed and say enough before it is just naturally assumed that all white men are guilty in the womb.
The Duke Lacrosse case was the worst case of prosecutorial misconduct I have ever seen, fueled by a white man seeking election as the DA sucking up to the black community at the expense of these white students.
The media jumped on board solely because they were white and rich. If it had been a white stripper raped by black students, we wouldn´t have heard a thing about it.
The Duke Administration threw these kids to the wolves and should have been fired. The teachers who accused them should have been fired. Instead, at least one went to Princeton. An absolute disgrace!
The entire article is MORE THAN mildly disgusting. Having just read the book about the Duke case recently, it is horrifying what those students and their families went through and how close they came to spending years in jail.
I have always been of the opinion that Ken Burns´ Civil War should have been titled ´Shelby Foote´s Civil War´. Having watched one and read the other Burns wouldn´t have had a documentary without Mr. Foote´s exhaustive research on the War. I haven´t watched anything Burns has made since. Mrs. Cow
" The five yutes were cleared of the charges after fifteen years in prison. DNA evidence showed they weren´t the rapists. I don´t know what they were doing in the park or if they were there at all. I do NOT trust the NYC police, the NYC DA´s office, the NYC public defenders system ... and nobody else should."
They weren´t cleared, their convictions were vacated. The charges were rape, robbery and assault. Vacating the convictions was typical legal mumbo jumbo and cowardice, there is little doubt the "yutes" were involved in the crimes, if not all charges. Those involved with the case stand by the guilt of the accused.
As to Burns and his tunnel vision, from Wikipedia --
"On September 12, 2012, attorneys for New York City subpoenaed the production company for access to the original footage in connection with its defense of the federal lawsuit brought by some of the convicted youths against the city.Celeste Koeleveld, the city´s executive assistant corporation counsel for public safety, justified the subpoena on the grounds that the film had, in the words of The New York Times, ´crossed the line from journalism to advocacy´ for the wrongly convicted men."
Crossing the line from journalism to advocacy? Really?!
I can´t stand to even look at Ken Burns he such a pansie. The Cival War was excellent, but as a previous poster noted alot of that was due to Mr Foote´s well informed commentary and the quotations from letters written by the participants, which show people really knew how to write well in those days.
I tried to watch a couple of his other documentaries and gave up. They all follow the exact same formula as the Civil War used but the quality of the commentators and the quotations just don´t measure up. Frankly everything he has done since has sucked.
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