I read a new post from Marco this weekend about post-trial journalism and I was appalled. Ihnatko, of all people, wrote one of those idiotic posts that Roughly Drafted took on in a more general essay but didn’t cite specifically.
The Sun-Times column is embarrassing. Everyone knows that Andy can do a lot better than this. He has a good record; I can vouch for him. I’ve been reading him since before the iPhone even came out. When the iPad was introduced, he was one of the three journalists in the world who got a loaner for the week prior to its introduction. I was lucky enough to watch a live podcast that he did the moment the news blackout ended and the day prior to its first going on sale.
That’s one reason why this column is so appalling. Frankly, I think that he can get off with a suspended sentence if he pleads Temporary Insanity and gets Gruber as his probation officer.
Perhaps it was just the heat; this summer has been brutal and we’re going into the hottest month of the year. I’m confident that Gruber can get us through the summer without another outburst like this.
That’s my defense.