How rumors start on the Isles moving Hamrlik and Parrish
Always find it interesting that writers need to fill up space in weekend rumor columns by reporting a ton of things that never happen. Not that any of the Islander beatwriters have that problem because they barely cover the team as is much less have space to talk about what's going on elsewhere.
This became one of Spector's highlights in his trade rumors based on this article. (below)
* The Islanders are shopping defenseman Roman Hamrlik and right wing Mark Parrish to shave money off the payroll.
Being that it was the Detroit News I was kind of curious what was written:
Before we know who or how (to say nothing of why Newsday does not have this information) it's already out there the Isles are shaving payroll and we have threads about it everywhere assuming it's true, and of course in the end it could be.
It's simply a cycle of one media outlet picking up and running with the unsubstantiated rumors put out by another outlet...and so on. Domino effect. Meanwhile the fact that it appears in multiple papers/sites convinces some fans that it must have legitimacy. Not true.
Especially in the age of "Internet reporting" (an oxymoron), there is no longer a line between news and rumor. And it's unfortunate that the viewing public accepts, and is a party to, this low standard.
and Spector's for some reason has this aura that is a reliable source of information...most is rehashed/reprinted news articles from newspapers around NA with some 'comment' added...
Your right Blitz, the site reprints parts of articles. It does provide a condensed version of rumors that makes it easy to follow what happens in markets Islander fans may not even know a potential deal could be available, so it does help a little in that regard. But rumors are just not true often and designed to have people buy a publication out of curiosity.
Trotts, what can be said, it is a low-standard. There is one rumor writer covering all three teams in this area each weekend and the work is so substandard most knowledgeable fans do not take it seriously regardless of content.