Monday, February 13, 2012

Easy Story, and One Worthwhile to Report

To try to determine what actually happened in the Jim Tressel mess at Ohio State University, ESPN filed suit against OSU to get at the records (Tressel's emails among other things) that would get at the truth.

Why didn't any Ohio news organization, particularly any Columbus-based news organization concerned about access to public records, join the suit?   Perhaps newsroom budgets have been cut too drastically for any journalist to go after such an easy and worthwhile story.   Is there a weakness in ESPN's brief?   ESPN's attorney Jack Greiner certainly appears to make highly logical and compelling arguments as to the benefit of getting at the truth.

How many Ohio State grads on the Ohio Supreme Court do you think will recuse themselves?

Canon 2 of Ohio's Code of Judicial Conduct states a judge "...Shall Act at all Times in a Manner that Promotes Public Confidence in the Integrity and Impartiality of the Judiciary."   Would a member of the Supreme Court who received his/her law degree from Ohio State who didn't recuse promote confidence in the integrity and the impartiality of the judiciary?

With tight newsroom budgets, it's worthwhile for journalists to go after easy stories that matter.

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