Long-time readers of the Hoosier Scoop know that I consider Indianapolis Star reporter Mark Alesia to be among the very best in the country at what he does, namely investigative reporting. He’s a must-read.
Which is why I risk the ire of my bosses to link to his story from this weekend, headlined ‘Special’ treatment for athletes.
In it, Alesia details, with hard data, what has long been known but probably not very well understood: that athletes get into school even if they don’t have nearly the grades and test scores to do so.
No need to post a synopsis here. It’s a hefty work that should be read in whole.
What I found interesting was the reaction to the story in the form of the comments. Journalists have gnashed too many teeth and debated too late into the night about this sort of open forum for years. To me, reader input can make for a richer reading experience; you’ll see on the Star story that people offered anecdotes that ran counter to the crux of the story. That, I think most would agree, is a positive thing.
But what’s with all the rancor? Can’t people sit at a computer and act like they would if they were in a classroom, or even at a party? Why use the anonymity as a reason to bring the discourse to the lowest levels?