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The "crawl" stands alone

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Joe Williams, May 1, 2008.

  1. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    One dubious journalistic tradition used to be, when a media outlet puffed up to claim credit for a scoop, it folded the boast into some other sentence of the story that was there on merit. Especially when we're talking about a sheer timing situation, such as learning about a player's suspension or a coach's termination hours or maybe minutes before it is in the public domain (as opposed to, say, Clemens' country-music dalliance courtesy of NYDN).

    Now we get the print version of the notorious, "ESPN.com's Joe Blow is reporting..." as a stand-alone, one-sentence paragraph in the body of the story.

    As in:


    ... where everybody's got to move on."

    ESPN.com's Marc Stein first reported the news of Johnson's ouster.

    NBA front-office sources told ESPN.com that both the Mavs and Johnson ...

    This is on a page that was updated at 1:08 AM ET. The firing already had been out there for hours and these guys are still hanging onto credit like a pit bull clamped on your daughter's cheek. Me, me, me, me. I reported this first. Yeah, me!

    Don't they know they already have won? That whole damn network is your brother-in-law wearing gold chains and pinky rings, reminding you of what a killing he made last year selling Amway stuff.
  2. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    That is nowhere near as blatant as this from the NYDN:

    Thursday, May 1st 2008, 8:12 AM

    Rangers tough guy Sean Avery's tumultuous season is over, ended by a lacerated spleen in a devastating playoff loss.

    Avery was recovering in St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan after the injury - first reported Wednesday on the Daily News Web site, nydailynews.com - in a collision in Tuesday night's loss to Pittsburgh.

    Actually, what the News reported was that he was rushed to the hospital at 3 a.m. in cardiac arrest. So, they got it first that he was hospitalized but were 100% wrong on every other detail....so let's make sure we tell everybody we had it first, who cares if we were wrong.
  3. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

    With all the websites/blogs in existence, somebody needs to start a SuperScooperSite that keeps a running scoreboard on who's first with all the breaking news. (Blue font considered before posting.)
  4. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    They could have a secondary site tracking the accuracy of prediction columns and maybe a tote board comparing different writers' mock drafts, after the fact.

    Of course, ESPN.com's Heywood Jablowme had these ideas first.
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