The Traditional Media Thread (Print and Broadcast Tomfoolery)
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06-24-2012, 11:41 AM
Geno and Juss '13
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See this is not an excuse in any way, shape or form (not that you're making one necessarily). We all know the reason WHY he did not quote anyone or any facts. Because if he HAD, he would lose his job TOMORROW for basing half his story and points around the quoting of some schmuck in a coffee shop. Or on an internet board.
The ONLY way that angle to that story ending makes ANY sense as a journalistic piece, is if Pierre McGuire or one of these TSN / CBC guys is saying "I think Malkin could be traded and the Pens ought o consider it". THEN he's got a legitimate angle and story point to make, that McGuire is off his rocker and should be retired, yadda yadda. But as it is, he has basically invented half a story and taken a position of phony outrage (or whatever you want to call it) in order to complete the "drama angle".
No one in their right mind, least of all ANYONE worth quoting in the hockey world, thinks Geno should be traded. And on THAT basis alone, this dumbass "writer" and his half-assed editors, should've considered that angle to their MVP story one for the waste basket / delete bin. I swear to God, I wish I could just take over as the chief sports editor for that paper; I wish I had the connections. I could turn that POS around in 3 months flat with new writers (or old writers who suddenly felt the calling of being a real journalist for fear of losing their job), better angles, more facts, and less social-media-driven BS.
Social media should never, ever be a driver... it should always be a complimentary piece to promotions. A side venue, secondary to almost everything else that happens in the newsroom.
You realize he's a columnist and not a beat reporter, right? He's paid to offer opinion.
Look at these messageboards. There is a lot of overreactions and stupid comments made in here. And there's just as much stupid offline. He referenced the stupid and said it was stupid. When Crosby was still out with his concussion, there were a bajillion scenarios being floated on what to do with this team re: longterm plans. Whenever fans don't think we can keep Sid & Geno (& formerly Staal), they invariably wonder what sort of return they can fetch.
Is it sinking down to that level to reference that in a column? Perhaps. But sometimes you have to call out stupid; otherwise it festers and multiplies.
Kovacevic is a Pittsburgh-based journalist. I'd rather have my local people trying to tamp down some local discontentment than engaging in a tit-for-tat with Piere or other national media. And by the way, how is responding to national media speculation any different than what everyone lambastes Rossi for doing?
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