ESPN and their Poynter Review Project has published a response to the Bruce Feldman affair. You can check it out here. Though if you don't want to get pissed off, I suggest you avoid it. It's a wall of text that does little more than fellate ESPN and attempts to pin blame for the "misunderstanding" on "gossip sites" like SportsByBrooks, who initally broke the story, and on Feldman himself, for not being responsible enough to realize that his book might make ESPN brass angar.
Awful announcing has a great post up that thoroughly fisks the Poynter piece. I like to say fisk. Fisk fisk fisk. But they're very much correct. The old ESPN ombudslady was awesome. She actually challenged ESPN on issues and tried to preserve some shred journalistic integrity. All they have now are a few snivelling lap dogs who'll do anything short of an old-fashioned to please their masters.
It's odd how ESPN continues to fuck this up at each step of the way. ESPN has grown too powerful, and it shows in the way it treats both its employees and its customers. They believe that they are above the rules of journalistic ethics and integrity, and that they can use their own media platform to cover their mistakes. At this point, I hope the other major networks are able to get a decent sports network off the ground, so that we have a second option (I'm looking at you, NBC/Versus and CBSSports).