Archive for February, 2004
Actually, I have a history degree with honors, but I failed yesterday. I posted an old piece with this as an introduction:
“I wanted to give some of my new readers a chance to see what they can expect here at OBM as the season progresses. Here’s a post from September 2002, when I previewed the Yankees/Angels first round series.”
What I failed to notice was that the preview was part of a long Aaron Gleeman preview piece that I guest published. Aaron is a generous and kind friend, a terrific and funny writer, and his preview piece that season was essentially dead on. My apologies to everyone, most importantly Aaron, for the screwup.
I hope that I haven’t given anyone, Aaron especially, the impression that what I did wasn’t a big deal. It is, and I know it. I am mortified, especially since I have been a big proponent of the possible formation of an Internet Baseball Writers Association; in fact, I have been working on a code of ethics for just such a group. To wit, the journalistic code of ethics has been my guide in my efforts, and within it are the ground rules, so to speak, for just such a transgression:
Journalists are accountable to their readers, listeners, viewers and each other.
* Clarify and explain news coverage and invite dialogue with the public over journalistic conduct.
* Encourage the public to voice grievances against the news media.
* Admit mistakes and correct them promptly.
* Expose unethical practices of journalists and the news media.
* Abide by the same high standards to which they hold others.
My actions were wrong, mistake or otherwise. Aaron’s right, I should have recognized my own writing, for Pete’s sake. I acted rashly, and the result is that I have damaged a relationship that I care about; and I have damaged my standing in this small community of baseball writers that means so much to me. For this, I am terribly sorry, and I hope Aaron can find it in his heart to forgive me.