Blogs Are Causing ESPN To Mis-Report Yet Again

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Just like the Eli Manning injury blame the blogs for an ESPN mistake. This time it involves Alex Smith of the 49ers. ESPN reported that the 49er QB was done for the season and was to have shoulder surgery. Well The 9ers are a bit ticked off at the "Leader" because well......that statement was completely false.....

"The only thing that's right is that we're sending the lab results to Dr. Andrews," 49ers director of public relations Aaron Salkin said, according to Maiocco. "I don't know who talked to him, but it wasn't right." (Via PFT)
Even the Sacramento Bee had the right information.....
"I thought the ESPN piece seemed funny when it mentioned the serious tendon damage Smith had suffered. Instead, Smith suffered torn ligaments, which are expected to scar over and heal on their own. Smith certainlly suffered a serious injury and his collarbone is detached from his shoulder. But the collarbone is essentially in the right spot -- if it weren't, there would be a need for surgery -- and Smith is expected to make a full recovery."- Barrows
It's just hilarious to me at this point that anybody believes anything ESPN Reports. 50% of it just turns out to be false. Take about spreading rumors huh?

49ers want second opinion on ESPN report (Sacramento Bee)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 12:50 PM


When the conflicting forces of news, promotion, and entertainment collide.

It's almost like they're wishing for a season-ending injury. That always get higher ratings than saying, "You know what? Alex Smith is going to be okay. The 49ers fans have nothing to worry about."

That would make for a boring "Inside the Huddle" or "Budweiser Hot Seat."

That's what I hate about SportsCenter. They spend half the show talking about bullshit speculation and rumors, most of which they made up themselves. Or came out of some God-Awful New York Tabloid (a.k.a. stories the rest of the country doesn't care about)

Anonymous said...
Oct 4, 2007, 1:35:00 PM  

Technically, they're not lying when they present these "worst case scenario" stories. They're just distorting the story to fit their needs.

There's a "chance" that Chris Mortensen will walk out of his house tomorrow and get hit by an asteroid and die.

In ESPN's mind, if it was reporting on these facts, the story would have the headline: "Chris Mortensen may die tomorrow."

Remember, they didn't lie.

Anonymous said...
Oct 4, 2007, 2:11:00 PM  

Since Chris Mortensen resembles a toad, I believe he would snatch that asteroid right out of the air with his tongue.

Oct 4, 2007, 2:15:00 PM  

I keep saying, Mort = Nancy Grace; rumor, rumor, rumor, and more unfounded rumors. Then when they fall flat in the face of the facts, there's no retraction /apology.

Bruce said...
Oct 4, 2007, 2:47:00 PM  

Why apologize when you can blame it on the blogs?

Don't you know, everything is the Internet's fault? I have a bad kid; it's MySpace's fault.

Anonymous said...
Oct 4, 2007, 2:55:00 PM  

When told about this, Emmitt Smith said "Man, that Alex Smith is one helluva golfer."

GMoney said...
Oct 4, 2007, 3:26:00 PM  

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