Won’t Someone Please Think of the Children?
Before getting apoplectic about today’s breaking story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s investigative reporter Dan Bice, I had a question or two.
My problem with the story was that Bice reported that Milwaukee Magazine editor Bruce Murphy said that what happened between Police Chief Flynn and Jessica McBride had no bearing on the story.
Any self-respecting editor knows that a personal relationship between a writer and a subject calls the legitimacy of the story into question. And suggesting that Bruce Murphy disputed that rang untrue.
Murphy responded that “Jessica turned in the story in mid Jan, story went to printer early April and to subscribers mid-April. The so-called “interview” at Brocach was after the magazine came out, May 1st. That’s when the affair began.
“Bice knew all this. I will indeed write about this.”
So I turned to Bice to get his side and he responds that “According to the handwritten letter from Jessica to Ed, it was also clear that she was falling in love with the chief while writing the story” … “Murphy was aware of the content of the letter, but he said he still stands by the story.”
So, I say with a sigh, I fear we will hear more about this incident and the issues it raises about the way journalism is practiced here and elsewhere.
In other words, stay tuned for the great Bice/Murphy pissing match of 2009. You may want to hide the children!
Personally I long for a simpler time when Joyce Davenport and Frank Furillo could keep their personal lives out of the newspapers!