I wonder how you get your sports news. I find myself using twitter a lot these days along with google search but less and less time is being spent going to ‘trusted sites’ because the facts delivered there are not exactly, well, factual.
I undersand the difference between a news item and an opinion piece, but even then the opinion’s are often based on flawed information or frame a storyline to suit the author’s agenda. On a completely unrelated note, Damien Cox has a new item up today called “Edmonton Oilers damage rules designed to protect them” that makes several points worth discussing.
- The Edmonton Oilers have signed contracts in the past that damaged rules designed to protect them. Is the Taylor Hall contract–the one Cox is focused on–a good example?
- When Cox suggests that the Oilers didn’t need to talk to Hall until next summer, would a quick note about offer sheets have been worthwhile?
- When discussing contracts of this length, is it a good idea to state the number of ‘unrestricted free agent seasons’ purchased by the team, as to give the reader a balanced view?
- Do you give greater or lesser weight to articles ‘written with an agenda’ like this one, designed to frame the issue as out of control NHL teams signing crazy contracts and then crying poor? Does that lend credence to the argument?
I’m finding fewer and fewer places on the internet where actual reporting followed by opinion can be believed at point of entry. That may be the cost of everyone having a voice, but the msm seems to have given up doing the hard work of being accurate and no one is getting the story right. Bloggers like me will always rely on someone in the msm to report the facts. Reason? Access.
What does it mean?
I believe we’ll eventually reach a point where ‘news’ and ‘facts’ come from places we know to be credible. As an example, if Tyler Dellow wrote the identical piece Cox wrote–with balance like the number of free agent seasons and sans the tag-a-long shot at owners–I can tell you it would be more credible for me.
There is nothing in the Cox item that is incorrect, and still we’re left with half the story. Modern NHL contracts have nuance, but if the reader can understand buying free agent seasons, isn’t it important to include that piece of information to give the reader a full view of this issue?
On a wider scale, how do you feel about msm? I’ve been reading newspapers, listening to radio and watching television since the 1960′s and the trusted voice of msm seems to have grabbed a cab downtown and headed for someone’s house. Call me crazy but the one thing mass media had as an advantage–staff size, fact checkers, balance and truth–seems to have slipped away one night not so long ago.