Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Grantland’s Dr. V Story* (But Were Afraid to Ask)
The Complete Dr. V Response Archive (for now)
Jan. 23, 2014
As if Grantland’s now-infamous story “Dr. V’s Magical Putter” wasn’t long enough on its own, a mountain of fascinating response pieces have been penned in the eight days since the story dropped. In lieu of writing my own response, I’ve instead tried to compile all of the other stories about the Grantland story.
The list is ordered by date, and then ordered alphabetically by author within the date. The only exception are the two Grantland response pieces from January 20th, which I have placed at the top of that date group.
I will update the list as new stories come along. And if you come across a story that is not here, please feel free to tweet it to me @readjack.
Two quick notes from me.
First, the story of Hannan’s previous skirmish with questionable journalistic practice is now making the rounds, (from last summer: Yahoo, Mercury-News, Seattle PI) and is worth reading as part of Hannan’s backstory.
Second, while I agree with much of what is written below, I think a big point is being missed here about journalistic responsibility. I haven’t seen it expressed yet, anyhow.
It’s pretty simple: I can totally understand Hannan not knowing anything about the transgender community. Journalists regularly face subject matters about which they possess little to no background knowledge. Navigating that material and emerging on the other side with a well-written, well-researched story is a good portion of what we do every day.
However, you have to know your blind spots. It should not have mattered that Hannan and the Grantland team did not know anything about transgender issues. It should have only mattered that they knew that they didn’t know anything about transgender issues. When that happens as a journalist, you do your due diligence. You cover your ass. You find someone who knows what you don’t, and you make damn sure that by the time you publish your story, you’ve filled in the gaps in your knowledge.
There is really no other way to do this job. Of all of their errors, as journalists, that was their first.
*** UPDATED FEB. 8, 2:30 PM***