Alright, I'll start first off by saying I am 100% biased, I wont deny it, I'd be an absolute liar if I tried to. The difference, I'm bored at work posting a blog as a UK Wildcats fan, Pat Forde is a "national" reporter/columnist for "The Mothership of Sports". (Apparently National = the state of Kentucky). Basically, Im allowed to be biased, he isnt.
The question comes in on is he biased, or just a good reporter, when you look at the UK V. UL storylines he is involved in. Firstly, the story about Rick Pitino's extortion case. ESPN put Forde on the case because he lives in Louisville and he was the one who came out claiming there would be "big news" to come. Ever since he got his name out there he has been very tight lipped about it and is not reporting anything on the story for ESPN, even though he is the lead reporter assigned to the story. Ironically enough, he and Rick Pitino are writing a book together... hmmmm.
Meanwhile, instead of breaking the big story he is assigned to, he finds plenty of time to bash Kentucky and their new coach, John Calipari. He keeps mentioning shades of grey and this and that trying to rain on the proverbial Lexington parade, which by no means is not merited. I completely agree that there are definite questions about Calipari's past, and bringing them to light is good reporting, but isnt it a bit ironic that you ignore the huge story involving a guy you're writing a book with, especially when he is the coach of your hometown team?
So instead of breaking a story, that he more than likely has, that could make Pitino look bad, he is suddenly very tight lipped and is not really reporting anything at all on that story. My question is, does this spoil Forde's integrity?
In my opinion it absolutely does. How can you be a reporter when your job is to break the story? Isnt the journalist motto "have no friends, only sources?" How do you keep this story quiet when its a massive story going on in your hometown, when Kentucky news is the only thing Forde ever even handles?
Bottom line... I do not like or respect Pat Forde. He is covering for his friend that he is writing a book with, and somehow ESPN looks the other way. I'd be more than happy to hear other's opinions on the matter.