The self-proclaimed superior main stream media (MSM) struck again today, getting duped by yet another
fake twitter account. You'd think that after the trade deadline practical jokes, the revered memebers of MSM would learn a lesson and not report fake twitter accounts.
You would think is as far as it goes.
My journalism teachers would've killed me if I ever did what some of these guys have done recently such as:
1) Use Twitter as a source
2) Not fact check the rumor/report myself
3) Report on the fake rumor and not cite the source
All of this has happened over at TSN recently. And it happened again today thanks to the fake handle @NHL_OiIers (that L is actually an i that looks like an l -- font trick!) which said that Taylor Hall is out for the rest of the year with a tendon tear in his ankle. Darren Dreger got hit by the fake account:
So did Bob McKenzie.
A simple Journalism 101 class would've taught these pros where they went horribly wrong. This all stems with reporters wanting to be first
instead of right
. We saw this go down when Pat Burns allegedly died last year but was still alive and kicking. It's lazyness that the likes of McKenzie and Dreger are getting duped by what are obviously fake twitter accounts. 100% Grade-A lazyness.
But perhaps it's a generational thing and their journalistic skills haven't translated over into the new world of the Internet (it's a series of tubes) and social media.
Have no fear! The Days of Y'Orr staff has created a Using Social Media for Sports Journalists 101
course for the ignorant. Today's first lesson -- how to properly follow the team's official twitter handles. Think you're ready? More after the jump.