Today the news of the ex-Syracuse coach's wife who was accused of molesting two of his ball boy's and her now threats to sue ESPN for their shoddy reporting. It seems to me that they had little to base their story on other then the claim of a couple of guys. Of course there is no proof that it did or did not happen but reporting in the fashion that they did as if it were fact seems at the very least irresponsible. It got me to thinking and reminded me a lot of the whole UM/Yahoo story.
Yahoo, although they knew parts of their story had been proven inaccurate before posting the story chose to still go forward with it in its entirety with not a single edit to show the facts as they actually knew them to be at the time. I honestly wonder how some of these people sleep at night and still at the same time somehow, someway call themselves journalist?
There was a time in journalism where you would check your sources, back the facts up with another source and then double check both of those before ever thinking of printing or broadcasting anything. Now days it seems as if beating everyone else to the punch is all that matters. Be damned the facts, journalistic integrity or the people you might hurt or the lives you might destroy. The worst part of it is the guilty parties seem to do so with total impunity.
I am not and never have been a fan of suing anyone for anything and think that as a society we have become way too litigious but I hope someone eventually comes along and sues the hell out of one of these media outlets. If for no other reason then to prove that there is a price to pay for shoddy reporting or just doing whatever it takes, be damned those that you must trample along the way, to get the big ratings and that precious advertising revenue.
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So my question to you is do you trust any of these sports media outlets to report things in a factual manner any longer?