Mark Leccese: Controversy over Doris Kearns Goodwin's appearance in Ken Burns's "Tenth Inning"





[Mark Leccese, a journalism professor at Emerson College.]

Two weeks ago, a handful of bloggers wrote scathingly about Ken Burns’ use of former Boston Globe columnist Mike Barnicle and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin — two prominent writers who have faced credible plagiarism and fabrication charges that you can read about here, here and here — as prominent interview subjects in Burns’ most recent documentary about baseball, “The Tenth Inning.”...

What amazes and troubles me is the response of PBS ombudsman Michael Getler, a distinguished veteran journalist who served as ombudsman for the Washington Post before taking on the ombudsman’s job at PBS....

We all, of course, make mistakes, and most of us, I think, believe in redemption and second chances....


...I do object — loudly — to the ombudsman for PBS brushing off plagiarism as a mistake we should stand ready to forgiven and forget...


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