ESPN decides to pull Qatar story after getting blasted by Deadspin

“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 (
* Ty Duffy: “No reader was misled about the nature of the reporting” (
* “Doesn’t this break nearly every code of journalistic ethics?” (