Originally Posted by Yakuza Rich
What kills me is how many people still staunchly defend ESPN.
But, this is more than ESPN. ESPN is a large part of the sports media and generally dictate what the sports media is doing, but we've seen this regression of the sports media for years. I think a big indictment of this is Mike Florio's rise to fame in the world of NFL 'journalism.' He's got a prominent position at NBC which if you know how he got started, is really a joke. Sadly, he had offers from both ESPN and NBC, but NBC outbid ESPN for his services.
It's not that this stuff has been going on for a while. We were always going to find those reporters that would lack any integrity to move ahead. It's just that it started to become more popular and then blatantly encouraged by ESPN. And from my experience, once there is more leeway given for integrity and accuracy, eventually people will just start making stories up.
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Its not just sports media/journalism. Its in all of journalism. Its all about creating interest and ratings as well as agenda promoting.