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Media Responsibility in Hockey Coverage

Motivated by the recent story by David Shoalts which—incorrectly, it turned out—speculated that Scotty Bowman was offered a position with the Maple Leafs organization, Tom Benjamin comments on the issues facing those who write about the game of hockey.

-Shoalts could have avoided the error simply by picking up the phone and calling Bowman. Deciding not to do that because Bowman might not tell the truth was inexcusable. Steve Simmons made a similar mistake earlier this summer when he incorrectly reported that Mats Sundin required surgery. The error could have been avoided with a phone call.
-I do not understand why competition among reporters excuses sloppiness, particularly when the story is hardly a “scoop”. If the Leafs were going to hire Bowman, we’d all hear about it soon enough. There really isn’t any gain to anyone if the Globe breaks the story a day or two early. A real scoop involves a story that would not come to light but for the reporter’s work.

more… *looking at Shoalts, Simmons, Eklund and others

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