Letter to Romenesko
From JOHN DRESCHER, executive editor, The News & Observer, Raleigh, NC: We were surprised to see a report on your site ["Why bother pulling your Forbes piece, Darren?"] challenging our reporting on the UNC academic scandal. We would have expected to be contacted to discuss this in advance, and so we offer this response:
We won’t attempt to speak for the Forbes.com blog post, other than to say that the blogger posted an item that largely resembled what we had reported Dec. 30, without any attribution. Former Gov. Jim Martin apparently found it and leveled criticisms at the blogger for basing his post on our story, and then the blogger took the item down.
While we do like to have our work attributed to us, it’s understandable that a reporter would refer to our work on this story. The News & Observer, and particularly reporter Dan Kane, has led the reporting on it at every turn. Had it not been for our work over the past two years, there would have been no discovery of the bogus classes at UNC-Chapel Hill, no resignation of the African studies department chairman and no Martin report.
As to our work that has led to this most recent dust-up, our story on Dec. 30 challenged a critical finding of the Martin report: that athletic officials and academic support officials had warned of courses in one department that were supposed to be lecture courses but never met.
Here is a link to that story.
Gov. Martin wrote a letter to the editor that we published online on Jan. 2 and in print on Jan. 3 that was critical of our report. You can find that here.
And we responded to every point he made in an investigations blog item that you can find here. /LETTER CONTINUES Read More