This is news?

Since when does ESPN run descriptions of short TMZ.com video clips as news stories? And if you’re an ESPN reporter who breaks his or her butt calling sources and landing interviews, don’t you feel a bit silly for not having thought about changing your beat to the valet line outside of fancy restaurants? Much easier gig, I’m guessing.


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Thomas J. Comer
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Thomas J. Comer

Excellent point!

Floyd
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Floyd

I am surprised, actually. To begin with, I think we can agree that Barry Bonds’ assertion that he is not retired is of interest (to some), and is newsworthy. Thus, your complaint largely rests on the source of that information. And it surprises me that, as a user/advocate of one newly-emerging medium, you would be snobbish about another newly-emerging medium. Frankly, this post kind of sounds like the BBWAA members who sniff and turn their noses at blogs.

Craig Calcaterra
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Craig Calcaterra
Floyd—Actually, I won’t grant you the first point, partially because of the second. Barry Bonds has long said he is not retired. Thus, unless and until he says something different, a reiteration of that point is not terribly newsworthy.  Genralisimo Francisco Franco is still dead and all. The context matters, though.  Paparazzi sticks a camera in someone’s face and they say something. That’s fine. It’s a free country and all. But how much weight should we give that?  What if Barry is seriously thinking of filing his retirement papers tomorrow? Is he going to decide to just jump the gun… Read more »
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