Monday, July 30, 2007

Bonds, BALCO & The First Amendment; The Story Behind The Story

Baseball fans lived in a world of fantasy watching Barry Bonds eye the home run records of Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755). The soon-to-be-hit ball marking a new record will come painted with a BALCO asterisk. Watchdog print journalism revealed the uncomfortable reality that a pure pastime may be tainted with impure achievements.
The story behind the story shows the role of the press being tested.
Click “read article” to find out: “How one book called “Game of Shadows” about legendary Giants slugger Barry Bonds and allegations he was a drug user made problems for two reporters from the San Francisco Chronicle and nearly landed them in jail. Kristi Funderburk on the scandal’s aftermath and just what this has to do with the First Amendment” – The American Editor, summer 2007
Bonds is one homer away from Hank Aaron’s epic record of 755. The San Francisco Giants are off tonight and open a series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers Tuesday night.

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