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Journalism and the Rumor Mill

I just want to preface this post by saying that I think testudotimes has done a good job emphasizing that a rumor is just that: a rumor. I just wanted to discuss my disgust at the current standard of journalism that twitter has exacerbated. I've always been skeptical of sources who reported a big story. But, being naive, I usually just accepted them as fact. When I was following the Franklin story, I was checking Twitter all the time to see if something had happened. Then, the Washington Post reported that Malzahn took the Vandy job and Franklin was staying, which lead the Diamondback to report a similar story. In my opinion, someone should have been suspended for that story. If we take plagiarism so seriously (see Will Selva story), then misinformation should probably be regarded with some seriousness. Everyone wants to be the first to break a story, and therefore journalism has become a swirling of rumors. I gave up reading the rumors until I heard it from Vandy's administration. Then came our coaching situation. I do think this blog got a little caught up in the Mike Leach is our coach talk (although I still think he will be our next coach). But there have been a billion stories with Leach, Malzahn, and even an NFL offensive coordinator. I think there needs to be some accountability for these news outlets that report misinformation, and I think it's sad to see a crumbling of journalistic standards. Once again, this is not an attack on this blog (I love this blog), but just my thoughts on the degredation of journalistic standards. What are your thoughts?

 

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