I understand that Post readers are angry at sports columnist Sally Jenkins’s long-standing defense of cyclist Lance Armstrong. I get that.
If you read the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s investigative report on Armstrong, it is persuasive. Armstrong looks like a cheat, a liar and a ringleader for doping. He elected not to dispute the August report, and as a result he was stripped of his record-breaking seven Tour de France titles.
But as to whether Jenkins violated Post ethics rules or some unstated journalistic principles, I’m less convinced.
Let’s look at Jenkins’s career at The Post. She has been primarily a sports columnist, writing the occasional feature story on everything from the events of Sept. 11, 2001, to Joe Paterno and the sexual abuse scandal at Penn State.
Jenkins returned here in 2000, following an earlier stint on the Sports staff, from 1984 to 1990, and a decade of freelance writing, which included a best-selling 1999 book co-authored with Armstrong about his battle with cancer and his first Tour de France victory. Before that, she had never covered cycling or Armstrong as a Post reporter; nor has she since she returned.