Wednesday , Jul , 14 , 2010 J.N.

Has Twitter’s Sports Journalism ruined NBA reporters?

I’ll be one of the first to admit this. Reporters across the NBA had an epic fail during the past month of this LeBron slurp fest. Some of these personalities are willing to put credibility on the line to get the latest and greatest breaking news about whether Bron was staying or leaving. I will not name any names, but going on the record and claiming that it was a “done deal” is as stupid as it gets. All of this just because you want to be viewed as Nostradamus? Word? It’s that serious?

A person who was looking for a comeback got the leak about a week early concerning Miami Heat’s Super Team. I didn’t really care because I got tired of everything. I’m pretty sure most of us did, too. He ran with it on Twitter, television, and radio show, and so did most people once they got wind of it. That was not the beginning. Everywhere followers were looking at writers’ and journalists’ Twitter around the NBA on where each player was leaning. Speculators were grasping at straws around message boards and analysts were looking like fools on television pleading and selling their teams respectively. I was wondering if anyone was going to report “BREAKING NEWS –LeBron James taking a dump. News at 11.”

“Sources told me.”

It’s amazing how anyone with media credentials ran their opinion with “sources have told me.” Then they ran with it on Twitter. Captain Obvious says that Twitter is seen by millions of people and most will view the tweet as some kind of fact. Legit NBA reporters covering up their opinions with “sources have told me” are just as bad as pedophiles claiming to meet up with under aged girls to help with their problems and to innocently “hang out.” The hoopla did not get any better when some of them came on the radio or television and covertly implied that their sources are correct compared to the others.

Since when did any of this become pissing contests?

You know shit hit the fan when it evolved into “a source of a source told me…” People were running on to Youtube to broadcast their stuff just for subscribers. After the one hour Decision, reporters were standing in a row at the Big Network’s stage with smug faces. I cannot believe it. What the hell did they do? They merely report what they heard or they took advantage of their sources. That is not an accomplishment so I cannot comprehend how they were standing there smiling. It’s like they were acting as if they had a hand into getting Wade, Bosh, and LeBron to the Miami Heat.

“Team A is in the lead followed by Team B in second and Team X somewhere in the stratosphere.”

How this was considered reporting or journalism at all? This was clearly opinion. The entire free agency period for everyone seemed like a horse race. I have to get Captain Obvious to come back out and state something that people forget at times about human psychology. Dartboard journalism has become the new thing especially with Twitter leading the charge. What were we supposed to learn from the farce known as the epic NBA 2010 free agency odyssey? What’s the good word, Captain?

Captain Obvious says, “Usually people already have a good idea on their decisions way before in advance. Also, a reporter is just as good as his sources.”

Every reporter and blogger failed losing more credibility who was claiming that they had sources and that it was a done deal until hours before The Execution aired. Right before show aired, that’s when the sources were getting it right. I wouldn’t stand there smiling on television. You guys had time to scrutinize and think about the information that was leaked to you personally. Some of you even erased what you posted on Twitter. Don’t worry. Someone probably screen capped it before you went back to cover your tracks. Next time, report the thing by starting it off with “RUMOR.”

It’s that easy.

“I was the first one to break it, JN! Remember that. I’m legit!”

So what? All of these shenanigans just for hits to your site and nobility to your name? Did you want a cookie or some cheese doodles?


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