Can this in any way be described as objective news coverage? ESPN is using a news story to promote a book. And that news story was created by that book, making this entire Amaechi story a terrible exercise in vertical integration. This is along the lines of FOX’s attempt to publish If I Did It by O.J. Simpson and air a two-part interview with the accused murderer as well. FOX created a news story and briefly gained the benefit of massive publicity — until the backlash became too great and News Corp. had to pull both the book and the interview.
That is unlikely in this case, as Amaechi is a far more sympathetic figure that Simpson.
Add this to my reasons to give up on ESPN.