A revealing report on greyhound racing wraps up with some poor reporting

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The video below, produced by CBS Miami reporter Jim DeFede, uncovers information on greyhound kennel operator James O’Donnell and the recent charges that he gave his dogs three different steroids and the allegations that he forged the signature of a deceased veterinarian to falsify vaccination records.

But some huge miscues were made in the reporting. The reporter never asked O’Donnell to disclose the name of an assistant to the deceased veterinarian, an assistant O’Donnell claims stamped the signature, after the vet’s death. If he did ask and O’Donnell declined to answer, this would have been important to include in his report.

And at the end of the video above, DeFede calls O’Donnell a “decent man” who is being used as a scapegoat. This would not be an issue particularly, if DeFede was billed as a columnist. But he is billed as an investigative reporter. He went on to claim O’Donnell is under fire, as a way for those who want to shut down dog racing to drum up controversy.

But he did not offer up any proof to this claim, as an investigative reporter. And he calls greyhound racing, “a once storied sport that has fallen from grace.” It is not a sport – and to use the phrase “storied” to describe an industry that was once and still is killing dogs as part of a gambling operation is simply horrible.

I’m stunned by what was uncovered concerning the accusations against O’Donnell – which was great reporting. But then I was stunned by the huge gap in information and with the comments made.

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