ESPN Is All Over The Boston Herald Today

Thursday, May 08, 2008

When one radio host says something about someone you usually don't pay attention, but when five different employees say something about someone you're going to take notice. Let me introduce to you John Tomase of the Boston Herald and Mike & Mike, Chris Mortensen, Jason Smith (All Night), and of course Shrutebag.

The reason behind the ambush is simple. Tomase is the source of the Rams' "Walk Through Tape" that didn't surface when Walsh finally talked to the NFL. Mortensen even went so far as to say the following. Via Fanhouse...

"Other media outlets including ESPN, had this allegation and pursued this allegation for months, and it just didn't meet the standard in terms of what you needed to report it, and the Boston Herald evidently felt they had met the standard to report it," Mortensen said. "They need to come out and say, 'We stand by our story' or they need to have a retraction and apology and deal with the consequences of it, but certainly it's damaging to the Boston Herald at this point, especially if they stay silent on the subject."
You know it's bad when
Chris Mortensen is questioning your reporting standards. Jason Smith commented on a retraction, Mike & Mike followed suit, and Cowherd even compared the story to the Patterson-Gimlin "Bigfoot" video from 1967. I find it extremely odd that ESPN is going through these lengths to call out the Boston Herald considering some of their own anonymous source stories that didn't pan out, but the Herald does owe an explanation. More on this later today.

Chris Mortensen: ESPN Had Rams Walk- Through Story, It Didn't Meet Our Standards (Fanhouse)

(Thanks to DG for the tip.)


This all sounds likes it's an ESPN-Mandated talking point today.

I wonder it will carry over to ATH and PTI.

odessasteps said...
May 8, 2008, 1:10:00 PM  

I know it's an aside, but what's with the CBS 2 logo on the chyron? Does WCBS get a separate bug with their logo?

Anonymous said...
May 8, 2008, 2:20:00 PM  

The hypocrisy is endless. ESPN is happy to further the story and continue to talk about it, even though it "doesn't meet their standards for reporting."

Anonymous said...
May 8, 2008, 2:22:00 PM  

ESPN is just trying to get back at the BH because the Hearld didn't run the Les Miles to Michigan story like they did.

I think since then they have beefed up their sources from the drunk kid on UM's campus to some lackey walking the street that is stone cold sober. Makes a big difference.

Anonymous said...
May 8, 2008, 3:01:00 PM  

clearly is mean-spirited and full of shit. THis is just another example of how blogs can just write whatever they want, facts be damned.

wait? the Boston Herald is not a blog?


--Buzz Bissinger

The Professor said...
May 8, 2008, 4:06:00 PM  

I am sure the higher ups have nothing to do with this. Everyone just wants to discuss the same non-story at the same time.

Anonymous said...
May 8, 2008, 4:15:00 PM  

Didn't Chris Mortensen report that Michael Vick wasn't going to be indicated?? Remember that douchebag?

Anonymous said...
May 9, 2008, 10:07:00 AM  

Did Eli Manning come back yet from that torn shoulder yet, Mort? I believe the 4 to 6 week window has passed.

Anonymous said...
May 9, 2008, 12:39:00 PM  

@blackhawk: you stole my post! (nicely done.)

jer said...
May 9, 2008, 1:59:00 PM  

Just come out Clayton, Mortenson, Collin Coward, Mike and the Metro. You're source for any NFL news is Jay Glazer.

Anonymous said...
May 11, 2008, 7:58:00 PM  

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