Help me out here.
So John Dennis and Gerry Callahan, who were once suspended for making racist remarks on the air, Kirk Minihane, who was suspended for calling a woman a “gutless bitch” and saying she should “drop dead” on the air, and John Tomase, who forced his paper to issue a public retraction and apology for a story he wrote, (but kept his job) have been the ones leading the charge for accountability for Twitter trolls?
Has anyone looked at John Dennis’ Twitter account? At times, he’s barely a notch above the idiots they’ve been condemning all week.
I have no issue with Curt Schilling putting the misogynistic morons who defamed his daughter on blast. (Though, if he’s as experienced with the Internet as we think he is, didn’t he realize something like this was likely to happen?) I recognize that D&C&M and Tomase have the audience and platform to bring attention to this situation.
I just wish they weren’t such blatant hypocrites.
Chad Finn looks at the Schilling story as well as another Twitter snafu from the week:
The NFL salary cap is complicated and confusing, there’s no doubt about it. Cap space, cash spending, carryover, signing bonuses, Top 51 rule -it’s easy to get things mixed up.
Enter Miguel Benzan. His Patriots Salary Cap Information Page has long been an essential resource for any Patriots fan. Also, his blog on Patsfans.com provides outstanding breakdowns of individual situations and he’s a must follow on Twitter, as well.
It’s been good to see him getting more and more credit and recognition from the mainstream media, and watching him (gently) correct reporters on the facts in their coverage is fun.
There was an interesting media story around the Celtics yesterday, as it was reported early in the morning that the team would be signing free agent center JaVale McGee to a contract through next season. Jeff Goodman of ESPN was the first on the story. Other outlets confirmed the story, and even Danny Ainge himself sort of confirmed it on his appearance on 98.5’s Toucher and Rich program.
Outlets went about producing content to reflect the signing, and what it would mean for the team.
But later in the day, the venerable Steve Bulpett of the Herald broke the news that McGee would not be coming to the Celtics, that the two sides could not reach agreement on a contract.
There followed a bit of confusion online, the Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach was on an airplane and continued tweeting as if the deal was going through, and promoted an updated story on the situation, before realizing the deal had fallen through and having to correct himself, but having no access to a phone to confirm.
In many ways this incident was a symbol of the new media world we inhabit. In the “old” days, the story wouldn’t have even been reported until the next day, and would’ve just been a footnote, with the team coming “close to signing” McGee but ultimately not being able to. The need for constant, real-time content isn’t always conducive to accuracy.
No one is really to blame for how the reporting was done, Goodman went with what he knew, and others confirmed it, but it wasn’t final yet, and things happen. In the end, the real scoop went to Bulpett.