Learn ethics before you publish
Maybe you heard this from your mother when you were growing up—I know I did—“Sorry doesn’t cut it.”
That’s one of the reason’s the apology from Bill Simmons today on Grantland rings hollow. Simmons apologized for the story that posthumously outed a trans woman, among many other offenses. I won’t list those offenses in full here, but Christina Kahrl has a really good rundown. Some of the basics, in addition to outing the subject, including using the wrong pronouns, disclosing the fact she’s trans to an investor, and conflating her decision not to tell the reporter that she was trans with various lies she told about her background. The apology from Simmons explains that reporting on LGBT issues is outside of his experience, and the...