Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Strange Journalistic Practice
It is curiously surprising that ESPN, the self-described Worldwide Leader in Sports, saw fit to issue a "do not report" memo to its staffers after learning about the civil lawsuit brought against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for sexual assault. Even more surprising is the lack of coverage in the general media concerning ESPN's questionable journalistic practices. Some defend the action by citing the need to protect a celebrity athlete's reputation over what they consider an attempt to extort money from Roethlisberger. But this argument is unpersuasive because it places ESPN in the position of managing rather than reporting the news.