How are you? You have no idea who I am, and I’m sure you get that a lot, being a journalist and radio personality and all. I would consider myself a super-fan of investigative journalism, so it should come as no surprise to you that I really love your acclaimed podcast Serial. I didn’t hop on board last season until the very end, so I was able to binge listen, if you will, to Adnan Syed’s case and the amazing effort you and your team put forth to unearth some seriously damning evidence against the folks who put Adnan away. It kind of seems as if things are looking up for him, or at least he’s getting a fair re-look from the judicial system.
And now, here we are with Serial: Season 2. I have to admit, I was SO EXCITED when I found out you were doing a second season. I mean, why the heck wouldn’t you?! The first one was wildly popular.
But the time has come and I have to be totally honest with you – I’m disappointed this season. Not because I think you’re doing a crappy job, but because I feel like you took a case that has not yet seen due process in the judicial system. A case that, by all accounts, could end very, very badly for Bowe Bergdahl and U.S. foreign relations in the near future.
While we are on the topic, I’m also a little bit disappointed in your journalistic integrity. Isn’t your job to go out and find the stories, research your heart out and then present it to us? I’m three episodes in and, by all accounts, I’m listening to you re-hash a 25 hour phone call between Bowe and Mark Boal, who has/had intentions of creating a film on Bowe.
Aside from this detail, and perhaps what disturbs me the most about this season, is the complete disregard for disclosing confidential information about military operations. Sure you’re getting it fed to you, but does that mean you should ethically be disseminating it? To say I’m disappointed here would be a gross understatement.
I understand your need for entertainment value, but at what point do you cross the line between journalist and performer?
Clearly I have my own opinions about Serial Season 2, but I’d love to know what your thoughts are! Do you love it? Hate it? Somewhere in between? Let’s discuss!