07/06/2010 10:29 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Gaps In Watchdog Journalism Reflected In News From Burge Trial

Readers who came across a public radio blog documenting the five-week trial of a former Chicago police commander on charges of perjury and obstruction about cases involving torture under his command had to wonder where in the world WBEZ Chicago found so much expertise.

The blogger, John Conroy, went deep on the history of the case, often filling in context that testimony only hinted at, and seemed to know at least as much as the lawyers prosecuting the case.

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