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ESPN Ombudsman Analyzes Spygate Coverage

In a fascinating look at how ESPN and it’s many formats have dealt with Spygate, ESPN Ombudsman (basically a fact checker/someone who works for the company but looks for problems within said company) Le Anne Schreiber has a lengthy piece on; revealing a lot of things that the public already knows about but points out other issues which should be examined.

The link to the article is here. Thanks to Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe for posting the link on his blog at

My Thoughts: Schreiber hits the nail right on the head in her commentary, mostly on the ‘Sportscenter Special’ issue. It’s tough for Patriots fans to try to remain unbiased when we see Mark Schlereth and Chris Carter – both former players and ‘experts’ – making assumptions and accusations without anyone challenging them. Trey Wingo is most to blame because it’s his job to be the devil’s advocate but far too often he seemed to encourage Schlereth and Carter to continue the claims, even throwing out his own with the Super Bowl comment. I would hope that ESPN would put this article on their homepage and pledge to improve the quality of their ‘specials’ but that is unlikely.

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