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ESPN.com writer toasted for block-headed mistakes

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SockPuppet, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

    Here.
    http://construda.blogspot.com/2008/06/commenters-burn-espncom-writer.html
    Enjoy. And buy stock in Disney.
     
  2. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Active Member

    Not the, um, strongest of starts at the WWL for Seifert, one of the new NFL bloggers.

    Another of those "errors you want to make in the minor leagues" that keep showing up on the ESPN.com site. Lots of writers who check their stuff meticulously, working with deskers who still find ways to save them from themselves, and neither ever get a look-see from the folks based in Bristol.

    And yet, somehow, those folks are never, ever wrong in their hirings or decision-making.
     
  3. Barsuk

    Barsuk Active Member

    Ouch.
     
  4. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

    Don't know how much this Siefert guy has or is expected to crank out, but the more copy you producer and the faster it gets done, the more chances are mistakes will be made. I can't imagine the guy would make that mistake unless he was ripping through it at warp speed or planned on checking it later, got busy and forget.
    And, yes, a good copy editor who knows the NFL would have caught those errors.
     
  5. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    I'd consider a change of verb for the thread title since "toast" usually means to honor or compliment.
     
  6. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Seifert is a great guy and one of the better NFL writers around.

    None of that was shown in that article.
     
  7. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    Indian copy editors
     
  8. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Pleased be to editing you!!
     
  9. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Keep slaving away in Akron, Ace. You still rule.
     
  10. waterytart

    waterytart Active Member

    And neither the blogger nor his first commenter knows what "misgivings" means.
     
  11. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member


    Robin Givens, right?
     
  12. beardpuller

    beardpuller Active Member

    Seifert did a fine job covering the Vikings, and I'm sure he'll do a good job for ESPN. Yeah, he made a mistake here. (One real mistake. I don't count saying a guy was cut when he was "not re-signed" as much of a mistake.)
    The mistake was confusing a draft pick from Central Florida with another guy from Tulane. Whoppeee.
    It bothers me that this is the kind of shit that clearly turns people on around here.
    "Goolleee, where I work, I would never confuse the leading rusher for Pumpkinsquasher High with the guy from Lower Bupkis High, so clearly, ESPN.com shoulda hired ME insteada this here fella."

    The "misgivings" thing is what's really funny. Guy wants to flag ESPN's mistake, and English does not appear to be his first language. Kudos to Ben Hecht, by the way.
     
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