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Y’ever Notice That The Media And Those Who Hate The Media Play By Two Different Sets Of Rules?

For the past week, most of the folks in the mainstream media spent their time dismissing the talk of Florida State jumping to the Big 12.  That’s because folks who sign their names to their work — usually — try to actually speak to people in power or try to get real quotes to authenticate rumors they hear.

I know this first-hand because I spoke to two people inside the top levels of two ACC schools last week and they both told me all was well in their league.  The sources were off so we were off.  Ditto everybody else in the traditional media.  And though Dan Wetzel’s excellent column on ACC rage behind the scenes paints the picture as being obvious in hindsight, I don’t recall Wetzel writing any of this before Andy Haggard’s comments, either.  Perhaps a “we in the media” might’ve worked better in his column.

Now, on the other side of the fence you have the bloggers and Twitterers and messageboard posters.  Most are anonymous.  Most run with any rumor they hear.  Some are correct.  Most aren’t.

But here’s what’s interesting:

 

* Traditional media members get little credit when they get a story right (“It’s your job!), but they get eviscerated whenever there’s a mistake made or a “failed to see it in advance” type of issue.  Like the FSU story.

* The blogs and Twitter users and messageboarders pay no price whatsever for getting it wrong when they toss stuff against the wall to see what sticks, but when they hit on a story — or even just a portion of a story — they’re hailed as real, big-time newsbreakers.

 

We’re a website.  I hate the word “blog” because there are three writers on this site and still others provide outside, freelance type commentary as well.  But we’re closer to a blog than we are to the traditional media.  There aren’t 100 of us and we don’t have copy editors looking over our stuff (obbvyussly).  However, we try to carry ourselves like the traditional media because the three guy making up this site’s staff all have traditional media backgrounds.  So throwing out ideas to see what sticks or writing about “nip slips” isn’t tops on our agenda for gaining credibility.

Basically, we’ve got a foot in both camps.  So there’s no bitterness associated with the above observations.  We’ve been on both ends of the spectrum and enjoyed the rewards of both.  We’ve also been discredited as being too traditional and as being up-against-the-wall-stuff-tossers.

Trying to walk that line — hell, trying to find that line to walk — we just find it interesting that the two parties are held to two such totally different standards.

Then again, people in this day and age basically go to news sources that validate their own opinions anyway.  Whether it’s Fox News or MSNBC, many people view those right- and left-leaning networks as being “fair and balanced,” simply because they tell the listener/viewer what they want to hear.  Ditto NPR or Rush Limbaugh.

It’s the same with traditional media versus new media.  If you want buttoned-up facts, you turn to traditional sources and sometimes you’re going to be a day late.

If you want speculation and to hear what might happen next before anyone else hears it, you turn to folks who are more likely to run with a rumor without finding two corroborating sources first.  But you’ll have to live with a lot more false information.

To each his own.  As stated, we’re somewhere in the middle of those two groups.  Just trust us on this one — the two types of media are held to very different standards.

 


9 comments
viciousdawg
viciousdawg

Anyone that read what the FSU president said was that it wouldnt make sense financially for FSU to go to the B12 because of (1) the exit fee and (2) the long distance traveling cost.

JohnVol
JohnVol

I think the reason many people are so quick to criticize "traditional" media is because "traditional" media are so quick to criticize everyone else. I've never seen more group masturbation from a profession like I read in "traditional" media every day. I think established media are, on the whole, more accurate if you group all non-traditional outlets together. However, there are many, many sources of information that break news and provide good analysis that aren't owned by Gannett or Scripps. 

 

I understand the backlash from newspaper people, as their's is a dying profession, but attacking legitimate news sources that don't happen to publish on broadsheets is only hastening the demise of the overweight, chain-smoking, golly-shucks sportswriter.

JohnVol
JohnVol

I don't mean the above as a shot at this site in any way. I love MrSEC.com and I check the app four or five times a day!

louciaccia
louciaccia

Don't be too defensive. People are ignorant if they don't understand how this works. Blogs and message boards don't have the responsibility that journalists do, so are going to have scads more bogus nonsense. However, because nothing has to be on the record or corroborated by a message board poster, some things are going to naturally hit those places before it ever appears in "legitimate" media. Every so often your cab driver's sister's boss is going to be right. The main issue is how arrogantly quickly many journalists were to crush this story, simply because they didn't have the right source. I guess if I was a journalist, I would just keep my powder dry on this situation, not feel the need to insult people (not putting you in this camp). It's a little worse, because the factors behind this, primarily the financials, have been in place for a long time, and the writing was on the wall. Dig a little below the surface, and there is a legitimate reason for a few ACC football schools to be looking for a way out. This isn't a rumor saying FSU and Clemson are dropping football and joining the Colonial. People paying close attention have known for years that FSU had revenue issues, and that the ACC was not serving them. But a lot of journalists who haven't been following the trend wanted to dismiss it with arrogance because of the source, and because they didn't know enough to realize the underlying facts made this plausible.

MiloMoon
MiloMoon

 @louciaccia If you read the memo from the President, it is clear that the financials are not there for a move to the b12 unless the B12 TV contract is much much larger than the rumor mill has it being. 

gatorwhisperer
gatorwhisperer

 @louciaccia 

No offense, LouLou, but seeing that seminole logo in your post on the comments of an SEC site just convinced me to pull for FSU landing in the B12. From the sounds of things the "me, me, me" attitude fits better with Texas anyhow.

 

Go Noles!

gatorwhisperer
gatorwhisperer

For what it's worth I would read your site even more if you did write about nip slips. Just sayin'.

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

 @gatorwhisperer 

I know a lot of people would.  I'm the bad business guy for not doing it.  That was not a knock on the folks who do write things like that.  They'll get eyeballs like crazy and that's the name of the game.

 

John

gatorwhisperer
gatorwhisperer

 @John at MrSEC If FSU does get in, is it bad taste to post old pictures of "FSU Cowgirl" in your post headers at least?



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