When DTH editors ran their “Connecting the Dots” graphic last Thursday, their aim was to present a digestible yet comprehensive summary of the NCAA and University investigation into our football team.
For the most part, readers were happy with the neat synthesis of months of information released amidst swarms of rumors.
But one part of the graphic has left many of you furious: Tucked into the bottom left corner, editors included a photo of Butch Davis’s son, Drew, his name and a quick blurb saying that he had at one point worked with the tutor accused of improperly aiding several UNC football players.
Since Thursday, the DTH has received 16 comments on its website and three letters to the editor largely critical of the decision to include Drew Davis in the graphic.
A heavy poster on www.scout.com has also started an “Official ‘DTH NEEDS TO APOLOGIZE’ Thread” that has garnered about 40 concurring responses. Others have criticized the graphic in other threads on the site, as well.
There are three core complaints.
1) Drew Davis is a minor. His photo shouldn’t be published without his family’s permission.
2) Davis was named, but the tutor wasn’t. Why?
3) By including Davis in the same graphic as many accused of wrongdoing, the DTH implied that Davis was also somehow guilty (3 is easily the most provocative — “tasteless,” and “unprofessional” are the watchwords).