I occasionally still update the blog, mostly on matters related to the players’ civil suit, which has the potential to be precedent-setting in higher-ed law. But I recently came across a post by Poynter’s Kelly McBride in which she both used Wendy Murphy as a source and referenced Murphy as an instructor in a Poynter seminar. Murphy had been a frequent commentator in the lacrosse case; over and over and over again, she simply invented “facts” to bolster her pro-prosecution viewpoint.
I had assumed that Poynter would be horrified by its connection with a serial fabricator; it turns out, after I heard back from McBride, that I was wrong, as I noted in the post summarizing the matter.
I’m obviously not a journalist, but I had assumed that for a group like Poynter, there’d be no bigger sin that a person using repeated, and easily checkable, misstatements of truth. That Poynter would put such a figure in a position to instruct journalists very much surprises me.
I’ve invited McBride to respond. Disclosure: I was once employed by Poynter.
UPDATE: Read McBride’s letter to Johnson after the jump. Read More