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Re: “Fallen Rider

This is a really interesting story. I appreciate the depth and breadth of the angles Mr. Gackle covers. Contrary to "Havemercy," I think this article is fair, balanced, and even compassionate towards Rider. After reading this story, it seems to me that Rider's struggles have resulted from the unfortunate combination of personal and societal problems that he's had to face (personal problems such as addiction, and societal problems such as childhood poverty and racism). This article doesn't make it seem as though Rider is solely responsible for his "fall," but it doesn't sugar-coat his mistakes either. The article shows multiple sides of Rider: the tremendous talent who could have been a Hall-of-Famer; the caring individual who helped at-risk youth in Portland, OR; and the addict who messed up. Showing multiple sides, like Mr. Gackle does, is how good journalism works.

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Posted by eli_h on 06/08/2011 at 4:22 PM

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