Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Shakedown Sports points us to another fine example of how Mainstream Media has no idea what is going on in this Blogosphere, ESPN Ombudsman LeAnne Schreiber somehow blames blogs for ESPN mistakes.....
Since undertaking this job I have become familiar with the world of the sports blog. Ninety percent of them have no compunction about putting out any kind of rumor. Doesn’t matter the source or how reliable it is. They just toss it out there because they are not journalists. They are not responsible and don’t claim to be. They are just tossing out what might be of interest to the water cooler group.”Really? Blogs really "pressure" ESPN to make premature claims? Or is it the fact that Chris Mortensen is just guessing and no one has called him out on it until now??? I also don't understand this whole rumors thing. That's just what they are....rumors. Someone has a source, they report it, and it's either proven wrong or right.
“People will return to ESPN dot com to see what they have to say about those rumors,” she said. “That is what pressures ESPN to make sometimes premature claims. The idea that you do not trade in rumors has virtually gone by the wayside in this form of journalism.”
For example, I had a source a few months back that said Dick Stockton was being dropped from the second team on FOX's Football Broadcasts. I used the term "reliable source" because the person didn't want to be identified because of their position in the industry. The rumor turned out to be true. How is that different than what Ed Werder or Chris Mortensen, or what ESPN.com does in their "Rumor Mill" on a daily basis?
After a collection of great articles I think the leader finally got to Mrs. Schreiber. The fact that Sports Blogs like this one and others are responsible for ESPN errors is laughable. I could understand if her point was that since blogs have the some viable sources that ESPN is nervous and in turn has knee-jerk reactions to sports blog's faster reporting. But this is just a misinformed viewpoint that MSMers continue to spread throughout their "credible" journalistic world.
Blogs Are Ruining ESPN (Shakedown Sports)
Ombudsman: Schreiber Keeps an Eye on ESPN 'Monolith' (The Pilot)
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