On Monday, Grantland editor-in-chief Bill Simmons apologized
, and took the blame, for a Jan. 15 story that some praised, before many more tore it apart.
"Dr. V's Magical Putter,"
by Caleb Hannan, tells the story of a woman and her invention, the writer's discovery that she was a transgender woman, and her October suicide.
(You can see the tides of reaction to the piece in this piece
, which Paige Williams wrote Sunday for Nieman Storyboard.)
In his piece on Monday, Simmons explains Grantland's publishing process
We have a system. Everyone weighs in. I delegate as much as humanly possible and intervene only on the bigger decisions. Rarely, if ever, have we disagreed on actually posting a piece. You always just kind of know. One way or the other.
Did this work? Was this good enough? Could this get us in trouble? Are we sure about the reporting? Was it well written enough? Was it up to OUR standards?
And most important …
Is it worth it to run this piece?