Carefully re-evaluated our recent Qatar story and decided to remove it. It did not meet our journalistic standards. We apologize.
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 22, 2013
“Phil Ball’s piece wouldn’t be such an ethical disaster if it hadn’t sprung from a junket,” writes Barry Petchesky. “It’s sort of astounding that ESPN couldn’t find a few thousand dollars in the budget to head off the inevitable backlash.”
* ESPN writer takes all-expenses-paid trip to Qatar (deadspin.com)
* Ty Duffy: “No reader was misled about the nature of the reporting” (thebiglead.com)
* “Doesn’t this break nearly every code of journalistic ethics?” (awfulannouncing.com)