A Response to the Washington Blade
We’ve followed the Blade’s coverage of the Robert Wone murder from the beginning and have found it of great help in understanding the events of that night. You should be proud of what your reporters have accomplished. Thus it’s with concern we noted your most recent blog post, “Queerty Points Fingers In Wone Killing.”
Finger pointing aside, we take exception with your characterization of our efforts. “The reality for actual journalists,” you write, “unlike bloggers, is that we can’t accuse someone of murder with impunity, which is happening on the new Wone blog.”
First – and irony of posting this on the Blade blog aside – the editors have never accused anyone of murder. That is for the courts and the legal system. We would ask you to cite any of our posts blaming or accusing any individual or group of murder but won’t; largely because no such post exists. Going back to our very first post:
“This blog seeks the truth about and justice for the unsolved murder of Robert Wone. To fulfill this blog’s mission, it will compile all of the available information surrounding his murder. This blog takes NO OPINION on who murdered Robert Wone, but rather seeks to present all available evidence, information, articles which will allow reasonable people to draw their own conclusions.”
Second, while we may be new to the blog world, we’re hardly novices in journalism and media. We’ve never found credential size contests productive so rather would only ask you to note our combined experience in leading media and journalistic enterprises: C-SPAN, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Voice of America, National Public Radio, and the Christian Science Monitor. We won’t continue.
Lastly, while true the Blade – along with other Washington gay and mainstream media – have provided coverage of the Wone murder it’s clear to any observer that the case, and it’s coverage, have largely languished over two and 1/2 years. This hardly surprises us. With time the case faded from reporter’s radars. News costs money; resources for investigative coverage are scarce. It’s hard to cover a case, no matter how worthy, once it starts to go cold. The Wone story was an orphan that neither the prosecution or the press really ever wanted.
Enter four amateur gay sleuths. The only resources of concern: our time and curiosity. We’re not here to try and convict anyone; that’s for the courts. We’re here to cite, accumulate and hopefully augment the work of other reporters following the case.
Craig Brownstein, David Greer, Doug Johnson, Michael Kremin