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Poynter Review Project's Final Entry Examines ESPN's Conflicts Of Interest
Published November 13, 2012
REVIEWING THE REVIEW: SI.com’s Richard Deitsch wrote Poynter’s tenure as ESPN’s ombudsman “was a mixed bag, a better fit for ESPN internally than the external output they produced for readers.” The Poynter Review Project “failed to deliver on a promised Craig James column, and most disappointing, they lacked the metabolism of what the job demands today: a near-daily look at the many issues that filter through ESPN's properties.” But Poynter did have “very strong moments, including its examination of Bob Knight's nonsense, ESPN's handling of firing an employee over a Jeremy Lin headline and the network's handling of the Bernie Fine allegations, which deserves a follow-up from the next ombudsman.” An ESPN spokesperson said of the net's next ombudsman, "The search is on, though no timetable” (SI.com, 11/12).