|American Journalism Review|
While several journalists from around the state blasted the O's sloppy work and sympathetic coverage of Goldschmidt, executive editor Sandy Rowe's only complaint was the copy desk's failure to honor her orders to take the word "affair" out of the headline. Otherwise, she told the AJR, "there is nothing to be ashamed of here."
The daily's top editors were most touchy when comparisons were made to the paper's losing Oregon's last big political scandal, Sen. Bob Packwood's sexual harassment, to The Washington Post. As Portland editor Dee Lane explains, "It's the same only in that it's a public figure, it's about sex and we got beat." (Read all about it at www.ajr.org.)