ESPN's Adam Schefter takes control of email controversy, defends journalistic integrity, and defend't his organization'' s credibility
Its always frustrating when the reporter becomes the subject of the story. Adam Schefter, an ESPN NFL insider, is at risk of losing his job. Schefter sent an email to former Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen 10 years ago.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Schefter email was part of a batch of documents filed in federal court in mid-June by attorneys for Washington owner Daniel Snyder. Jon Gruden, who resigned Monday as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, sent homophobic and racist emails to the same batch.
Several emails between Allen and journalists are also in the document. In one of them from July 2011, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter sent Allen the draft of an unpublished piece that was published later that day.
Schefter asked readers to let him know if they see anything that needs to be changed, improved, or improved. Thanks, Mr. Editor, for that and the trust. Ill send this to espn about 6 am...
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Schefter gave an interview subject final approval on a story he was writing, sparking heightened social media debate, with many criticizing him for giving an interviewed subject the final say on the matter. Schefter appeared on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia on Wednesday to discuss the situation. Per Pro Football Talk:
Fair questions are being asked about my reporting approach on an NFL Lockout story from 10 years ago. Just to clarify, its common practice to verify facts of a story with sources before you publish in order to be as precise as possible. Because of the lengthy nature of collective bargaining talks, I took the unusual step of publishing the whole story in advance. It was a step too far and I should never have done it, if I had done so now. The criticism being made is legitimate. With that said, I want to make it clear: I never gave editorial control or final say to anyone, ever.
The Schefter case may be just the beginning. The NFL Players Association said Tuesday that it will demand that the NFL release the rest of the 650,000 emails that were reviewed as part of an investigation into workplace misconduct with the Washington Football Team. According to ESPN, The NFL players association said Wednesday that its intention is to request that The League release all of those 625,000 emails reviewed in connection with a workplace violence investigation with The Washington NFL Team.
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