Aug 14, 2012, 3:53 PM
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I know that Scuttlebutt sets a high standard of integrity about your reporting. Refreshing both compared to traditional and internet media. So I am confident that you had not the slightest intent of witchhunt.
Re: [The Publisher] Waiting for Scuttlebutt's apology and congrats to Nathan and Iain
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But you have to assemble a daily newsletter, every day, every week. With the best intentions, one day you are going to add a bit of humor, a bit of historical perspective, a bit of spice.......that in hindsight doesnt send the right message. I think Scuttlebutt 3652 was that day.
The Dane that Andy Rice interviewed in 3650 didnt have anything substantive to say about the aussie 49ers. He merely said that someone else had said something. In fact the Dane specifically said that he had not seen any measurement issues himself and that both the Aussies and the Kiwis were sailing fast.
Andy Rice was looking for a fourth paragraph to complete his vignette on Olympic controversies, but to his credit, he quickly published a rebuttal from the Aussie team.
I have no idea who John Morgan is but I thought the Team NZ response was completely unambiguous. Everyone seems to agree that Nathan and Iain were worthy winners of the Gold medal. No steroids, no East German training camps, no cheater boats......just hard work, dedication and great sailing. I wanted the US team to win but I am a sucker for olympic champions and I think our congratulations should be unconditional.
I was left feeling that our (scuttlebutt readers) congratulations was hedged and that we (Scuttlebutt readers) or you (Scuttlebutt) are better than this. So anyway, I wanted to post and say that at least one reader thinks it was a hellva achievement.
If Nathan and Iain were americans and an aussie website made an ambiguous remark about cheating, we might be left with a slightly off taste in our mouth. Can't you find some way to celebrate their success so they feel better about it. Maybe a personal note of congratulations, maybe a Scuttlebutt interview (Love to hear their views on how australia came back so well from 2004 and how we can emulate the turnaround).
By the way, class issues are public issues as well. The public buys boats and the best classes have a policy of transparency.
However my guess is that there never really was an issue with Nathan and iain's boat and that the class and its members wont be handling anything. If there is a class issue, I will certainly hear about it and I'll ask them to let you know.