“Holdout wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has reached agreement with the Kansas City Chiefs over his contract dispute, a source has told KMBC 9 News.”
GH: With this report on Friday, KMBC Channel 9 jumped into an area of news reporting they have no business treading. Read on.
“Not in the business of knocking anyone’s hustle but in a world of Schefter, Glazer and Mortensen, Karen Kornacki ain’t breaking news folks.”
Carrington Harrison, after KMBC 9 TV issued a report that Dwayne Bowe had “reached an agreement” regarding his franchise offer last Friday, @cdotharrison, Twitter
GH: If there is one thing we have learned over the media shake-up the past five years, it is that television sports reporting is well behind the print, radio and blogosphere when it comes to credibility in breaking stories. Most TV sports desks no longer even try to compete when it comes to breaking stories. Channel 5 tried to get into the Big realignment news a year ago and their reports were so ludicrous they were dismissed almost immediately.
“The [KMBC 9 website] copy no longer says Bowe ‘reached an agreement’ with the team. It’s ‘he will be ending his holdout’ which, if you wanna play a game of semantics, means they can’t be wrong. Because he will be ending his holdout…eventually. Also missing from the story is the multiple sources. The initial report was sources, as in plural. Karen Kornacki’s live report yesterday was “unnamed sources”. The multiple sources angle is something I pointed out yesterday. I see now it’s just “a source” on the website. There’s still no byline on the story, but Kornacki read the report live on the air last night so I guess it’s hers. Or the cameraman. Whose name I still don’t know.”
Joel Thorman, writer/publisher, ArrowheadPride.com
GH: With online beat writers like Thorman and his excellent website, Kornacki and her ilk have no reason to me making up stories and hope they stick — and fortunately for the free world, there are few TV people as incompetent and unprofessional as Kornacki.
“Because this story was tracked via social media [Friday] — see the details here — people will soon start crapping all over Twitter, saying this is the problem with social media. But it’s not. In fact, social media is the only part of this who got the story accurate. Dwayne Bowe was on a flight from Atlanta and did land in Kansas City. Those were facts. It was KMBC who took it a step further by reporting something as fact that, as of now, doesn’t appear to be accurate.”
Joel Thorman, ArrowheadPride.com
GH: Twitter was made the villain by Joe Posnanski when the news of Joe Paterno’s involvement in the Jerry Sandusky scandal first broke. It is an easy and naïve criticism of a medium that some simply still do not understand. Twitter is a tool. No different than your radio, your television or your computer. What has the old media guard most upset with Twitter is its immediacy and how it threatens conventional news reporting. In the Bowe story, his sighting was reported by a Chiefs fan on Twitter, complete with photos. Remember WhiteMamba’s scoop last year on Jonathan Baldwin’s fight and how Nick Wright shrugged off the timeline evidence and still claimed to “break” the story? Twitter is not our enemy. Twitter is holding poor journalists like Kornacki accountable for their make-believe reports.
“I’ve never seen a media member hug players and coaches as much as Kornacki. She’s truly a clown professionally.”
Chris Hamblin, @hamblinradio, Twitter
GH: Karen Klownacki.
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