View Full Version : Has Twitter’s Sports Journalism ruined NBA reporters?

D Roses Bulls
08-03-2010, 05:30 PM
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 **** 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?


Found this interesting article and it has a lot of good points. love the knock at the end at stephen a smith, lol

08-03-2010, 05:31 PM
Its ruined journalism in general. I mean its cool to get breaking news quick, but to trust everything on twitter as breaking news is ridiculous.

08-03-2010, 05:31 PM
I'd blame the people who believe everything they read.

D Roses Bulls
08-03-2010, 05:34 PM
well it use to be a rule on psd that twitter was not allowed and now it is allowed. so do we blame the reporters or the people that believe the tweets?

08-03-2010, 05:42 PM
Well I think the guy who wrote that is correct in many points, but I think he's wrong to throw out guys like Stephen A. (who stood behind his sources) with the bathwater.

I think Ric Bucher is a joke, he tweeted out the day of Lebron's Decision: "FWIW: disparate opinions among gms, agents, league HQ officials today about where LeBron is going, but consensus on 1 thing: it's not Mia."

And I lost a ton of "respect" for Chris Broussard with how uncomfortable he looked that night, not knowing at all who to trust.

There's nothing wrong with having sources, in fact I believe that's how journalism is supposed to function on a basic level, the problem is that b/c of Twitter people weren't doing any fact checking in an effort to be ahead of the game they'd tweet things prematurely, and then hide behind "well my tweets aren't supposed to be taken seriously."

Again, still not sure how this guy can take anything away from Stephen A.

08-03-2010, 05:43 PM
Did video kill the radio star?

08-03-2010, 05:47 PM

08-04-2010, 08:49 AM
Its ruined journalism in general. I mean its cool to get breaking news quick, but to trust everything on twitter as breaking news is ridiculous.

For some of generation Y and the whatever the name of the generation after them, I agree. They will simply hop on Twitter to receive news from "sources." In my opinion Twitter in general is just teaching everyday normal people to be "followers." Lead and live your own lives people. Sorry for that Bill Cosby-like moment.

08-04-2010, 10:18 AM
idk bout you guys but i love twitter. all those rumors during free agency were to be taken with a grain of salt. its a rumor. nothing was set in stone. its still a viable news source and i think over time it will evolve into something to replace news papers and print media. the media is blamed for the miss information and credibility for some of the journalist that reported irresponsibly will always be tarnished.

i get free stuff off of twitter all the time. its a great marketing for small businesses to big corporations. you pick what you want. you dont get spam mail from them. its all on your twitter page. here's a freebee i found for tomorrow: for chi-town peeps free burittos @ burrito beach tomorrow 2-3pm http://twitter.com/BurritoBeach

08-04-2010, 11:18 AM
Did video kill the radio star?

yep yep

Raoul Duke
08-04-2010, 11:28 AM
Twitter is the biggest waste of time in the history of time itself. If anything, it pains me to see so many grown men using what amounts to "an online diary in 150 characters or less". They might as well be reporting on their Myspace pages.

08-04-2010, 12:46 PM
Yeah you are 100% right. And we are now seeing it with this whole Brett Farve BS. All the ESPN reporters we on some "sources close to the situation" are saying he is retired. Now NOT even a full day later. Those same peolpe are saying back tracking on some I knew all along he was staying.

The only difference between the average person and a sports news reporter is that they are getting paid to do what they do. That is it.

08-04-2010, 12:51 PM
Twitter is garbage. Even the tweets from confirmed sources are usually inaccurate.
Anyone above the age of reason knows Twitter is not a source.
Much like BSPN, it has no credibility.

08-04-2010, 01:00 PM
I'd rather have the main gist of the story right away, rather than waiting 30 minutes for them to write up a whole article. I'm all for the quick, fast Twitter news, as long as it's a reliable source. The main guys I check on have always been fast with accurate info this whole offseason.

08-04-2010, 01:59 PM