Live reaction to ESPN’s hour-long Outside the Lines focusing on Mike Rice/Rutgers

Front Row will provide a live blog coinciding with Outside the Lines special expanded show (3-4 p.m. ET, ESPN) looking at Rutgers’ firing of basketball coach Mike Rice. Bob Ley hosts.

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  1. I am not sad to see a basketball coach dismissed for the behavior shown in the video. My concern is a journalistic one. A reasonable interpretation of events would be: ESPN official learns of coach’s suspension, decides that coach is insufficiently punished, reasonably believes that a story on the coach would result in his firing, produces said story. I hope I’m wrong, because that’s not what journalism is supposed to be for.

  2. Thank you for your note and I can assure you that you are 100 percent wrong. Our reporting had nothing to do with judging whether punishment was fair – it was all based on pursuit of the whole story so viewers could then make their own judgments. The journalists who work at ESPN take their jobs very seriously and stories like these are always tough to report on, but at the same time they are important stories to tell, which we will continue to do. Thanks again for your comment.

  3. Thank you for your response. I am happy to be wrong. ESPN occupies a unique space in the media world, as a reporter of content as well as a creator/promoter of content. As I said above, journalism is not supposed to be about trying to create a result. Good to see that you practice actual journalism vs. advocacy.


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