There is an ongoing battle waging between traditional media types, i.e.- sportswriters, television/radio gabbers and Internet media, i.e.- sports bloggers, fan websites and Internet media critics.
The latter group is also engaged in a civil war of sorts with one web writer never turning down a chance to trash another web writer. In short, these new, cutting edge media members, however legitimate, are falling prey to the vilest ill of the established media, namely, self-absorption.
Whether it is Steve Silva's BostonDirtDogs.com, a Red Sox site hosted by Boston.com, or Bruce Allen's BostonSportsMedia.com, a popular portal site with links to many regional sportswriters and talkers including yours truly, the problem is the same.
Even if they don't admit it, the Internet media are in search of respect from the traditional media. Conversely, even if they don't admit it, the traditional media feel threatened by the Internet media.
Lines are blurred when issues such accuracy and journalistic ethics come into play.
When Silva's site prints something that is not true, should it be looked upon as reporting or just the ramblings of a rabid fan? When a writer on Allen's site discloses the name of a media member mentioned anonymously in a story, is it a scoop or a lack of ethics? Both of these things have happened.
My view is threefold. First, unless advertised as parody or opinion, anything written or said publicly should be accurate.
Second, whether on the air or on the web, respect is earned, not given, and third, all of this is just another sad example of commentators commenting about commentators. Enough already.
#3 Posted on 2.6.05 1324.02 Reposted on: 2.6.12 1326.13
One thing that certainly has boomed internet-journalism-wise is college football and basketball recruiting "news".
Rivals.com is among the leaders in that area, and I have used their "experts" among others as guests and sources for sports stories. However, I always state (unless we can absolutely verify) that "(Site X) is reporting that (recruit) has given a verbal commitment to Illinois" so as to cover my posterior.
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