The Complete Dr. V Response Archive (for now)

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)

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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.

Happy reading.



*** UPDATED FEB. 8, 2:30 PM***

Jan. 15: Dr. V’s Magical Putter by Caleb Hannan for Grantland
Jan. 17: Dr. V, Caleb Hannan, and Grantland by Michael Handler for Beautiful, Terrible, and Strange
Jan. 18: Dr. V: an edit after the fact by S.I. Rosenbaum for Desperation Device
Jan. 18: …That Grantland Trans* Story… by Rebecca Schoenkopf for Happy Nice Time People
Jan. 19: What Dr. V Says About Today’s Journalism by Jack Limpert for About Editing And Writing
Jan. 19, I think: The Larger Story by Eric Nusbaum for
Jan. 19: The journalist and Dr. V by Paige Williams for Nieman Storyboard
Jan. 20: What Grantland Got Wrong by Christina Kahrl for Grantland
Jan. 20: The Left’s War on the Free Press by Sonny Bunch for The Washington Free Beacon
Jan. 21: Thoughts on the Grantland Mess by Jeff Fogle for Stat Intelligence
Jan. 21: …Bill Simmons apologizes in Grantland by Jay Rosen for Press Think (includes a link to this archive)
Jan. 21: The Sad Story of Dr. V by Andrew Sullivan for The Dish
Jan. 22: How Privilege Protects You by Danielle Henderson for The Stranger
Jan. 22:  Editors, Writers, and a Good Question From Barney Calame by Jack Limpert for About Editing And Writing
Jan. 22: Joy’s Law for journalism by Jay Rosen for Press Think
Jan. 22: World War T by Steve Sailer for Taki’s Magazine
Jan. 23: Against The Caleb Hannan Two-Minute Hate by Rod Dreher for The American Conservative
Jan. 23: The difficulty of sticking to a story by Ann Friedman for Columbia Journalism Review
Jan. 24: On “Dr. V’s Magical Putter” (a podcast with ESPN’s Christina Kahrl) by Bob Garfield for On The Media
Jan. 24: Dr. V, Grantland and Caleb Hannan, a podcast by Jeremy Littau and Patrick Thornton for Interchange Project
Jan. 25: Reporting on Suicide by Theresa Sullivan for Contenders Magazine
Jan. 26: No point: no dialogue by Jane Fae for Jane Fae Part II
Jan. 27: Dr V story understandable, inexcusable by ESPN Ombudsman Robert Lipsyte for ESPN
Jan. 28: The Sad Story of Dr. V, Ctd by Andrew Sullivan for The Dish
Feb. 2 (maybe): Petition to ESPN — Fire Caleb Hannan for outing a trans woman and change your LGBT policies by Harriet Smith on


  1. Jay Rosen · January 23, 2014


    Joy’s Law for journalism

    “Events by which ‘Dr. V’s Magical Putter’ came to be published are now the best argument I have for you on diversity in the newsroom. Here is what can happen when you are not diverse enough. Like it?”

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