Flyers Beat Writers' "Sources" Claims: Made-Up or Real?
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07-10-2011, 11:05 AM
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The use of "anonymous sources" has little to do with the age and more to do with the erosion of responsible journalism. This is tied to the fact that sources have learned how to take advantage of the press.
The reporters job is not supposed to be that of a blind relayer of information. Again, this doesn't really matter with sports, but it is of grave importance in other aJreas and part of an industry-wide problem. It is how you end up with the NYT going to illogical extremes to avoid using the word "torture" while quoting anonymous sources talking about torture.
In sports it leads to BS after BS getting published. For the 10% of good info you get from allowing anonymity, you get 90% misinformation. Look no further than Eklund to see the problem of anonymity.
True, but we're essentially saying the same thing. Its not the anonymous source that's the problem, its whether you can actually believe the person reporting it. If TSN reports "sources say the Flyers are close to blah blah blah" I'll believe that before I believe someone like Eklund.
Also, it does have something to do with the age we live in because people like Eklund have a forum to supply weak, or even blatantly false, info to masses of people, without significant repercussions.
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