Eric Smith rips bloggers a new one
Old 04-08-2010, 01:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have said this on the radio before and I have written about it as well but I have had a lot of people asking me about "blogs" over the past few weeks, so let me weigh-in again.

An internet connection and an opinion can be a dangerous thing.

Being a "fan" of a certain sport or a certain team is fine. Wanting to write a blog or online diary about your love for that team/sport is great. But assuming that the mere presence of your words online should grant you the same access to games, players, and coaches that a legit member of the media has is another thing. Further to that, getting your voice out there - to the public - is your right however your readers must understand (and many times they don't) that your information or expertise is little-more than an opinion that is based on what you see on TV, hear on the radio, or read in the paper as a "fan". And there's nothing wrong with that. There's nothing wrong with a "fan's view". But an opinion should be based on facts and a blogger at home - without a press pass - often doesn't have all of the facts. Talking to scouts, coaches, assistant coaches, players, general managers, assistant general managers, presidents, former players, employees within the organization, other writers and broadcasters from around the league, agents, players' friends and family members, business reps, NBA staffers, etc ALL help to form an opinion or formulate a legit story.

Background. Research. Reliable sources. Contacts. Credibility! Many blogs could be questioned on some or all of those factors. And I didn't even mention other keys like training, schooling, experience, and respect.

Some bloggers work at their craft much harder than others. Some take it more seriously than others. Some are former Journalism students who, unfortunately, couldn't get their shot in the business. But many are fans that simply want an outlet for their "voice" to be heard. In those cases, facts are often overlooked or skewed - or they're simply regurgitated from something that was already reported by a member of the "mainstream media". And that's where the line can get blurred for some folks -- 'cause a less savvy reader may take the opinion of "Joe at home" with the same weight or importance of someone like (for example) Michael Grange, Doug Smith, or Paul Jones. And that's not right.

Like it or not, "membership has its privileges" and in this case the privilege of being an accredited member of the media is that access to information, sources, and knowledge that Joe Fan doesn't have.
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Old 04-08-2010, 03:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I remember when Eric Smith got chewed out by Rick Pitino, who called him "son" and who openly questioned his basketball acumen.
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Old 04-08-2010, 03:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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cause a less savvy reader may take the opinion of "Joe at home" with the same weight or importance of someone like (for example) Michael Grange, Doug Smith, or Paul Jones.
really?



In my humble opinion...Doug Smith is a JOKE
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Old 04-08-2010, 03:47 AM   #4 (permalink)
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What exactly happend?
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Old 04-08-2010, 03:53 AM   #5 (permalink)
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What exactly happend?
its just a comparison between mainstream media and a bloggers in general...
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Mainstream media types may be feeling more threatened of late as many internet bloggers have reached higher readerships than they maintain without necessarily having paid the same dues. It's an understandable feeling. If i'm Smith I'd take comfort in the fact i'm paid to travel with the team and watch every game, get tv/radio time and lots of expenses paid. Those bloggers he's talking about don't have that.
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