So this site covers media news so I guess I shall wade into the Toronto Sun vs. Pension Plan Puppets issue. Here’s my two cents. It may not be right or wrong, it’s just my opinion and how I try to write on this site. If I read or hear something somewhere else, whether it’s first hand or not, I give credit. So when Zelkovich or Dowbiggin puts a story up that I haven’t heard or seen before, I give credit to the source. It’s just the right thing to do. So, In my opinion if a Toronto Sun reporter learned of an interview that Tomas Kaberle’s father gave only after reading Pension Plan Puppets, he should have at least said so. What’s the harm in doing so? I mean would anyone think any less of an article in a major publication if it cave a tiny ounce of credit to an “independent journalist”???? Hell no.
I think this is a pretty easy rule of thumb to follow. If Dreger or Mckenzie reports a rumour and then a Toronto Star reporter asks Brian Burke about it and gets new information on the rumour then I think the Star reporter should at least mention the original source of the rumor. I mean isn’t that just obvious? May be I’m alone in this, but I am a lot more interested in the party that got the story right as opposed to first. As an “independent journalist” I have tried to go further and actually provide a link to every story that I comment on. Now, I know that isn’t feasible in the newspaper business but……. Most of us “independent journalists” do the same thing, its a common practice in the blogosphere.
Isn’t this really just a story about doing the right thing? I mean I don’t in anyway see myself in competition with those who write professionally. We certainly don’t get the same treatment by the teams (at least not in this town). We don’t necessarily have the same constraints. Yet for some reason it certainly appears that there are some Main Street Media (MSM) members out there who feel threatened by the fact that in the modern era there are those who suddenly have a voice. Why is this any different then when City Tv shows a leaf highlight that they flash a quick video courtesy of CBC on the tv? Why does it have to be a matter of blogger, I mean “independent journalist” vs. MSMer? There are, even in this day some fantastic journalists who do great work. In the same vein, there are some terrific “independent journalists” too. For every great sports journalist who’s out there exists a Gary Loewen. For every great website like PPP there is one that’s unreadable. As a fan, or more specifically a consumer of sports news I don’t really care the format, the actual source, nearly as much as I do the content itself.
Back in the day, I used to like watching Entertainment Tonight. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t wait around for it to come on but…. Today, there are better “independent journalists” doing what ET used to do. Why should sports be any different??
The good news, I think anyways, it that it matters little what MSMers believe is right or wrong. In the end it is the consumer that will decide. If the people who otherwise read a publication think that a writer or even an entire paper isn’t doing the right thing don’t ya think people will stop reading/buying/clicking????
Personally, I think this issue shouldn’t exist. There is such a huge market for sports and hockey in this town that neither the MSMers nor us “independent journalists” need worry much about the other. A wise man once said to do on to others as you want done to you…. Seems simple enough to me…
Now, 5 different MSMers were kind enough to send me a note this am, you be the judge of whether or not credit should have been given. First, here’s what I wrote 5 days earlier in the week:
“Congrats may be in order to Bob Mckenzie who I’m told may have just inked a very nice and well deserve 10 year extension. Yes, you read that right, I am told that THE hockey insider has a nice shiny new deal that will take him in to the territory where he can write his next book- the life of a hockey grandfather Just kidding. Seriously though folks, is there anyone in the business more deserving of an extension of that length (assuming it’s true)??!!
Question to ponder, with Bob tied up for a long time will Sportsnet try to re-engage with one Darren Dreger in attempt to gain some legs vs. TSN???? Hmmmm. The other question of course, is will Bettman ask Richard Bloch to review McKenzie’s contract????????”
The following, appeared in today’s Toronto Sun:
“And the always reliable Bob McKenzie has just signed a 10-year contract to continue doing what he does at TSN. And really, shouldn’t a deal of that length be subject to the approval of Gary Bettman? Isn’t it cap circumvention? … ”
Happy wet Sunday.