FACT TIME WITH OLINE!!!
i should have known that, in writing about the daily mail in conjunction with facts, FACT TIME WITH OLINE was bound to become every freaking post from now on.
today will be brief.
i present for your consideration:
which could seriously also be part two of our series of Stories The Daily Mail Picked Up After They Were Originally Reported in People Magazine.
my problem here is “new evidence.”
which people also uses.
i’d read the people article earlier in the day and disregarded it because it wasn’t clear that there was anything that was actually new.
upon close reading, i think that there is.
the existence of the handwritten note has been known since 1994, though i’m not entirely sure we’ve actually seen it, so there you go.
also the sherif’s department has apparently opened their files and shared a transcript of an interview with shawn eckhardt. so that’s new.
plus, there’s a picture. of harding and gillooly smoking in their backyard. so that’s whatever that is. what it proves, i have no idea. that they knew each other? that they weren’t exactly all over each other? #thingswealreadyknewin1994
so, “new evidence”? yeah, not so much. we’re getting to see one thing we’ve known about forever but maybe hadn’t seen before. we’re getting a picture of a married couple taken when they were under investigation for this incident. and we’re getting a transcript of an interview with one of the dudes involved. hold that. it’s not a transcript. it’s a list of evidence which mentions a transcript.
HOT STUFF, ya’ll.
hands down the most interesting part of this article is this:
this makes me question whether the daily mail lifted the bones of this report from their contemporary reporting on this incident. because the two have not “separated since.” that is a completely ridiculous characterization of these events.
this was not a new development within the intervening twenty-two years. it happened at the time. this is 1994 news. and it was a huge part of that news at the time.
harding argued that she had received threats from the international skating association that her marks would be adversely affected by her disorganized personal life, that she would not fare as well score-wise as a divorced woman. and so, she claimed, she tried to reconcile with gillooly in advance of the nationals and the olympics in 1994.
to present this as a straightforward thing- they were together and now they are not- is to radically distort the story. it streamlines it, to be sure, and it fits the current way we tell this story, but it also oversimplifies the circumstances of harding’s possible involvement. (more on this here and here.)
he is her husband and so, of course, she was involved in the conspiracy to injure kerrigan.
the questions that arise and which go unexplored: why was she with him? what impact did that have on what happened? and how did her being with him affect the way her story was told?
clearly it did. because, in the story as it’s being told here, she was unambiguously with him at the time of the events described. never mind that things are seldom so unambiguous. or that the ambiguity is what makes them compelling.