Whether it’s a reporter learning the identity of a killer or coming across information indicating a person’s life may be at risk, the decision on crossing the thin blue line separating the news media from the authorities is always an agonizing one. Michael J. Connor, longtime executive editor of the Post-Standard in Syracuse. The tape–which was made in 2002 with the prior knowledge and support of the Post-Standard lacks a definitive gotcha moment. In the conversation, Fine’s wife, Laurie Fine, is heard making comments that seem to support Davis’ allegations, but she falls short of naming names or voicing explicit details. In a November 30 blog post, Connor said turning over the tape or information the paper gathered in its investigation was not an option. Connor acknowledges surprise at the furor that erupted when the tape surfaced last year after the Syracuse paper and ESPN ultimately ran stories on the allegations.
Law enforcement officials, advocates of abuse victims and some in the media criticized the two news outlets, with some suggesting that alerting authorities should have been a nobrainer. ESPN anchor Dan Patrick asked on his Fox Sports Radio show. But contacting me authorities under such circumstances is not nearly as easy a decision as Patrick suggests. News outlets have traditionally functioned as independent truth-seekers. Their credibility could be compromised if they are seen as arms of the police. And other issues can come into play. What if a reporter is investigating the possibility of official corruption or incompetence in the case at hand? What if the information came to the reporter from a confidential source? That doesn’t mean journalists should never turn information over, particularly if lives are at stake. But the threshold for doing so is high. Edward Wasserman, Knight Professor of Journalism Ethics at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and a former newspaper editor.
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Half of the hourlong show at 9 p.m. Sunday, hosted by Lauren Gardner and Kevin Barrows, is dedicated to this pursuit, with the other half trying to verify the authenticity of a Lou Gehrig bat a woman had kept in her house for some 40 years without knowing its history. So … was the Gibson ball found? That’s what you’re going to have to tune into see (with repeats at midnight Sunday and 10 p.m. “We eliminated some clues that we knew were dead ends and did a nice job focusing on the more credible information and took it as far as we could,” said Brian Biegel, one of the show’s creators. “I’m pleased, and proud, to have been part of hunting down the ball – however it turns out. • ESPN won’t come out with what it calls its “epic seven hour and forty three minute documentary” called “O.J.: Made in America” until it premieres on ABC on June 11 as Part 1, then shifts the next four parts to ESPN from June 14-18. If you don’t already have O.J.