Friday, June 20, 2008

Toronto/Ottawa Sun = Doubt About It

Praise the Lord: thank you, The Pensblog. Thank you thank you thank you.

Everyone read that article. Read through every single rumor, all the way until the end, and then realize the post for what it is: a microcosm of the insanity that the NHL offseason has become from a journalistic stand point. The sad part is that while The Pensblog lets you in on their joke, some major newspapers aren't doing the same. What is their joke, you ask? I'll tell you...

That their credibility is about as solid as a blog where two guys don't even use their real names.

I'm reluctant to actually link to their garbage for two reasons: 1) there has been so much of it over the past few weeks that it is hard to wrap your brain around it all 2) they don't use hard evidence, so why should I? But I will link anyways, because it really is quite embarassing that an entire article is about trading Evgeni Malkin when the only bit of evidence you have is this quote from Kings GM Dean Lombardi: "I've had two legitimate offers". Or what about labeling Jordan Staal a "Therrien complainer" without having ONE QUOTE in the entire article? Not one. Not even something that you took out of context and ran with.

I've been out of town recently, and it has been mind-boggling to hear from out-of-towners something to the extent of "boy, you guys sure dont want that Malkin guy anymore, do you?" The Ottawa and Toronto Sun have basically hijacked the opinions of Ray Shero and Pittsburgh fans to present a drastically different impression of the team's intentions than what reality shows to be true.

This doesn't make me mad as a Pens fan. I couldn't care less what any rag press reports about the Penguins. What I find most interesting is that, given the enormous ongoing debate concerning new media vs. old media, the old media is failing so miserably when the spotlight is on it so prominently. Blogs have been called out to no end, and you would think that in this "let's drop the gloves" type of atmosphere that the newspapers and gray-tops have created, they would use the opportunity to shine most brightly. But instead, to move copies, companies like the sports department of the Ottawa Sun and the Toronto Sun have taken the worst aspects of the blogosphere (rumor-mongering, lack of sources, false reporting, conjecture) and found a home for it in their paper.

Who knows. Maybe Malkin will be traded. Maybe he will take 12.5 mil from the Russian Super League, as reported by the Toronto Star (to be fair, they have quotes denying that such a move would actually happen). If you are of a rational hockey mind, then you know that Malkin will be back in Pittsburgh. Simply put, you don't trade one of the best five players in the world. You don't build for the future when the future is here.

And, if you are a rational hockey mind with a keen sense for good journalism, you don't lose sleep over editorials posing as breaking news.

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