Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Reliving the MSM's Greatest Hits... Err... I mean, Misses

"The Blue Jackets do want to acquire Malone. But the story got ahead of the facts.

That happens frequently in the Age of the Blogger, who has chewed down the standards of journalism the way the pine beetle has decimated B.C. forests."

- Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun

We've chewed down the standards of journalism? Since when were we trying to be journalists here? I write my own opinions and vague thoughts. You're never going to see me break a story (unless it's the latest YouTube of Alan Thicke). Do the boys at Pensblog attempt to be journalists? No. What about Melt Your Face Off? Haha. Not them either.

What we do is blog. We enjoy blogging. We make no bones about the fact that we are not journalists. We make no bones about the fact that we are not trying to live up to any "journalistic standards". It would be like asking a hockey player to live up to NFL standards. It doesn't make any sense.

But hey, while we're all baking in the hot summer sun, I've got a few random, incoherent barbs of my own to throw out. Remember those journalistic standards you were talking about, Iain? OK, good. Yeah, your buddies out there in the MSM have been screwing those up an awful lot, too. Dare I say, they've messed up more than bloggers. Did I just make you dry heave? Sorry.

(h/t on all this to Tom Benjamin)

For example, we'll pull our some of their Greatest Hits... Or should I say misses?

"Nothing short of decapitation should merit a man-advantage in overtime."

- Drew Sharp, Detroit Free Press

"For Penguins to keep series, hopes alive they must win"

- Chuck Finder, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette with groundbreaking coverage as the Pens found themselves on the verge of elimination from the SCF.

"Crosby's got a bad RIGHT ankle? How will it stand up to a two-hander? The Senators have to find out."

- Don Brennan, Ottawa Sun

"This is hockey. This is minor league hockey at it's finest. These guys are wearing pads, nobody is getting hurt. Coaches order their players to be thugs all the time in this sport."

- Bill Plaschke, LA Times

"Do you ever wonder why the fights in the NBA, whenever there are fights in the NBA it's 15 game suspensions, it's craziness, it's rules that end up affecting the playoffs ... and in hockey nothing"

- Dan LeBatard, Miami Herald/Pardon the Interruption

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