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Monday, February 28, 2011

TWEEPS MESSING WITH REPORTERS

Some of my hockey colleagues were whining and complaining about fake Twitter accounts breaking phony trades.

Maybe it was because they all got burned by re-reporting it themselves.

Look, if you didn't get the scoop yourself, you should check it out before you go and post anything yourself. I understand we live in a world where immediacy is of the utmost importance, but really, shouldn't accuracy come ahead of that?

How hard would it be to take a minute or five to double check what somebody else put out there rather than assume it's gospel?

Former Flyer Joffrey Lupul had some fun at the media's expense in response to the rumor that he was traded to Long Island that was retweeted by a couple local reporters.

He made a point to suggest that at least one writer "writes first and asks questions later."

The point here is, your best reporters aren't going to go gaga on twitter everyday filling your feed with useless info or bad reports.

As for the fake twitter account guys... keep it up. You keep the real hockey scribes honest.


Instead, they're going to only give you news when there's actually news.

Find those guys and follow them.

And if the fake twitter folk are exposing other writers as hacks, so be it.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Dave R. in MD said...

Thank you Anthony! You are now, completely officially, my favorite sports writer! While that post might not win you any friends with the 'hack' writers out there (Not gonna name any names, but we all know who they are) it sure made this life-long Flyers fan happy. So thanks for the honesty and also for the lack of sky-is-falling doom and gloom that so many other Flyers writers think is the only way to get our eyeballs. It's nice to read someone with a positive spin.
-Dave

February 28, 2011 at 6:35 PM 
Blogger kmart said...

You seem to be the only (or one of the few) media member that gets this. Thanks for daring to be different than the rest.

March 1, 2011 at 4:39 PM 

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