I want to report that John in Carolina has recently been the subject of both praise and criticism.
A few days ago Liestoppers.com said [excerpts]:
One of the Bloggers that we read everyday is John In Carolina. His investigative reporting on the Duke Lacrosse Hoax case has been excellent.Ol’ JinC is very appreciative of Liestoppers generous words, especially as they come from an outstanding blog.
His articles on CrimeStoppers Cpl David Addison are of the quality that should be in the Washington Post. […]
LieStoppers wants to commend John. He is someone who should be read daily. When he isn't commenting on the Duke Lacrosse Hoax you will still get a mighty fine education on Winston Churchill!
Still, honesty compels me to point out that the folks at LS, while smart and reliable, are not what MSM news organizations refer to as “real professional journalists you can trust.”
To make this post fair and balanced, I think it’s only right I include a much less positive assessment of JinC from one of those “real professional journalists you can trust.”
She’s Melanie Sill, until a few days ago executive editor for news at the Raleigh News & Observer. Sill recently announced at the N&O’s Editors’ Blog :
"John, there will be no further N&O response to your accusations, which include greater distortions with each repetition.Sill’s announcement came in response to questions and suggestions I'd directed to John Drescher, who was promoted from managing editor to fill Sill’s position when she moved to the Sacramento Bee, where she’ll be executive editor for news.
We have responded repeatedly; see previous posts under category of Duke lacrosse coverage to see accusations and responses."
Here’s part of what I said to Drescher after he, without citing any supporting data, accused Newsweek of plagiarizing from the N&O:
Editor Drescher, instead of getting into an ego-driven snit-fight with Newsweek, the N&O would better serve truth, the community and its own long-term interests if you do the following:The only “response” was Melanie’s announcement. Drescher said nothing.
1) Publish a detailed story which holds nothing back in explaining why you withheld for 13 months the exculpatory news Mangum gave you on March 24; and what it was like for N&O staffers to watch the players indicted, threatened, and savaged by most major publications while you were sitting on news that could have changed all that.
2) Retract your March 25 story which you told readers was about an “ordeal” that ended in “sexual violence.” You and the informed public know it was based almost entirely on lies.
3) Publish on your front-page a detailed account of how the fraudulent March 25 story was created, including an explanation of why you left out of it the news you had of the players’ cooperation with police; an explanation of how you came to get the interview with Mangum; and an acknowledgment of whatever involvement Nifong and others working the attempted frame-up had to do, as anonymous sources, with the story.
4) Issue a full, unconditional apology to the players, their families, Coach Mike Pressler and his family, who were the people most harmed by your story.
5) Apologize to your readers and the rest of the media whom you deliberately misled.
6) Apologize for publishing the "Vigilante" poster and assure everyone that the people responsible for publishing it no longer work for the N&O or any other McClatchy publication.
Thank you for reading this comment.
I look forward to your response which I’ll copy and post at JinC.
John in Carolina
Well, there you have it, folks. Praise and criticism of JinC.
I reported. You decide.