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January 20, 2014
Before we officially decided to post Caleb’s piece, we tried to stick as many trained eyeballs on it as possible. Somewhere between 13 and 15 people read the piece in all, including every senior editor but one, our two lead copy desk editors, our publisher and even ESPN.com’s editor-in-chief. All of them were blown away by the piece. Everyone thought we should run it. Ultimately, it was my call. So if you want to rip anyone involved in this process, please, direct your anger and your invective at me. Don’t blame Caleb or anyone that works for me. It’s my site and anything this significant is my call. Blame me. I didn’t ask the biggest and most important question before we ran it — that’s my fault and only my fault.
Grantland editor-in-chief Bill Simmons, discussing and apologizing for the publication’s decision to run “Dr. V’s Magical Putter,” a report about a golf putter that drew a large-scale backlash over the weekend after the details of the story—the outing of the article’s subject as transgender and the subject’s suicide prior to the piece’s publishing—were questioned on social media. Simmons described the piece as writer Caleb Hannan falling into “a reporting abyss,” then admitted that the backlash raised a number of realizations after the fact. The big one: “Someone familiar with the transgender community should have read Caleb’s final draft,” Simmons wrote. “This never occurred to us. Nobody ever brought it up.”
21:30 // 6 months ago
January 18, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: January 18, 2014

The ESPN-owned site Grantland has a problem on its hands. This week, they published a story about a golf putter, but the story’s writer effectively badgered, then outed the inventor of the putter as transgender. The person committed suicide before the story published, a fact that’s led to a major backlash. Should the author have let the story go?

When the FBI tried to arrest Ross Ulbricht, the alleged founder of the illicit Silk Road Bitcoin marketplace, the agency’s main initiative was to prevent Ulbricht from shutting his laptop.

Exact quote from Mitt Romney on whether he plans to run in 2016: “Oh, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no. No, no, no.”

Twitter apparently suspended Hamas’ Twitter account over terms of service issues.

Thieves in California are stealing nuts by the literal truckload.

19:43 // 6 months ago
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17:51 // 2 years ago