Erin Andrews and stalking, journalism and respect

I'd like to step back from the Top Chef recap for a moment to encourage all of you to do a little reading of a more serious nature. I'm a day off the curve because I heard about this story on the Tony Kornheiser Show podcast.

One of Tony's friends, fellow journalists, and occasional contributor to the radio show is Tracee Hamilton. Unlike Tony's, Tracee's work is still valued enough by the Post to keep her on staff. Or at least, they nominally value her contributions.

Hamilton wrote a piece for yesterday's paper on stalking. It relates to sports in that the hook is the media coverage of--and blogger/sports radio response to--the case against the stalker of sports broadcaster Erin Andrews.

In this piece, Hamilton admits for what appears to be the first time that she was stalked in college over the course of two years. The piece is riveting, intensely emotional and personal. From the column:

I was stalked long ago, before there were reports on stalking, before we even had a name for it. I first met my stalker, a fellow journalism student, when he asked to interview me as part of a class assignment. We sat outside, he asked me a few questions, and that was it -- until his professor pulled me aside about a week later. She was worried, she said, about the tone of his story. She wouldn't show it to me, not because of privacy concerns but because she didn't want to upset me.

I say that the Post perhaps only nominally respects Hamilton's writing, because this story--this private, obviously painful, and extraordinarily well-written piece--was relegated to well below the fold, D1. The editorial thought process that went into this decision is questionable at best, weak and idiotic at worst.

Please go read it. I'll get the recap cranked out in the meantime.