Ohio State student journalists get threats over Tressel coverage

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One emailer threatened to track down Lantern editor-in-chief Zack Meisel and beat him up. Another said the 21-year-old journalist and reporter James Oldham were the most likely candidates to be found dead in the Olentangy River. (The two reported that ex-OSU player Ray Small profited off of memorabilia while at Ohio State. They posted audio from the interview after Small claimed the paper “flipped my words around”.) Meisel says of the emails about his paper’s Jim Tressel coverage:

“I did read through most of them, if not all of them. There were definitely more than 100. Some were, ‘Thanks for trying to take down our program.’ For all the fans who reacted negatively, half wanted me to move to Michigan, half wanted me to move to Nashville with Kirk Herbstreit. I wish there would have been a consensus.

“I’ve learned more about journalism and the way the media works in the last 72 hours than I did probably in my first 21 years of living. It’s been a whirlwind.”

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  • Anonymous

    Fanatics acting fanatical. Nothing new about that. Whether it’s sports, or religion, or politics, there is always some idiot who thinks getting his point of view across justifies threats and violence.  I hope the student journalists will get through this nonsense OK, and I hope that the morons making the threats end up in jail.

  • Anonymous

    Fanatics acting fanatical. Nothing new about that. Whether it’s sports, or religion, or politics, there is always some idiot who thinks getting his point of view across justifies threats and violence.  I hope the student journalists will get through this nonsense OK, and I hope that the morons making the threats end up in jail.

  • http://profiles.google.com/rp509855 Rod Paul

    Welcome to the Bigs, kids. You know you’re doing a good job of investigative journalism when you start getting the death threats.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VE23MEJMA3IAU5LD2AOLC7KO2Y Notmy Realname

    If I didn’t know better, I’d say this was happening in Philly or L.A.
    Will these punks hide behind the anonymity of the internet or, hopefully, will they get busted?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504633504 Dan Mitchell

    Huh. People involved in sports behaving like jackasses. You almost *never* see that.