Magazine article Editor & Publisher

'SF Chronicle' Defends Source Protection as Criticism Builds

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

'SF Chronicle' Defends Source Protection as Criticism Builds

Article excerpt

Recent criticism of the San Francisco Chronicle for protecting a source in the BALCO steroid story who apparently leaked secret grand jury testimony in an effort to help his clients in the case has drawn a strong defense from Editor Phil Bronstein and one of the reporters on the story.

Bronstein and Lance Williams, who broke the steroid scandal along with fellow scribe Mark Fainaru-Wada, continued to decline comment on attorney Troy Ellerman, who pleaded guilty last week to federal charges after investigators revealed he had admitted leaking testimony from the grand jury probe to the paper. Ellerman, who represented several BALCO executives in the federal investigation, apparently leaked the information in an effort to get the case thrown out of court, or at least delayed via mistrial.

The recent revelations about Ellerman have sparked criticism of the Chronicle from news outlets ranging from the nearby San Francisco Examiner to Slate magazine and various journalism academics and observers. Although Bronstein and Williams continue to neither confirm nor deny that Ellerman was their source, both men defended the use of sources, in general, who may have questionable motives.

"Do you want the information or not, is what it comes down to," said Williams, who along with Fainaru-Wada faced jail time for refusing to disclose their source prior to the Ellerman revelation. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.