Todd Bensman, who wrote the only story that took an all-encompassing look at the Tulia case, writes about Blakeslee’s book:
It may not be a bad book, per se, but it sure could have been a much better book by simply acknowledging the investigative reports and rolling them into the sum. He still could have emerged with his peculiar slant this way: by dutifully reporting what’s been published about the investigations and then finding ways to attack the integrity of the investigations. By ignoring the D report, he’s left his intellectual flanks wide open to attack, as well as the core credibility of the book. If not today, then later, or just some day. I’m sure Nate was and is hoping to ignore the investigative reports into oblivion. But regardless of whether the story got much circulation beyond Dallas, D’s Tulia report is a fact on the ground. It’s OUT THERE. It’ll forever be the turd in Nate’s punchbowl.
Turd in Nate’s punchbowl? Channeling Wick Allison: Clean it up, Bensman. (Still, I like it.)