Saturday, February 19, 2005

THN says season saved

Even with a skeleton staff and only publishing bi-weekly, The Hockey News is still breaking the day's biggest news. Huge kudos is in order for Jason Kay and his gang.

As for the news itself, well, I've already spoken my piece on what I think about having a truncated season schedule. Alas, the NHL's circus continues.


At 11:18 a.m., February 20, 2005, Blogger Joseph said...

I think THN should explain themselves. They got suckered, big time. I can't believe they ran with a false claim from ONE player. Don't journalists try to confirm rumors with three sources before going to print? In my opinion, this was shoddy journalism, and they paid the ultimate price.

I hope they don't just ignore this monumental gaffe.

At 3:07 p.m., February 21, 2005, Blogger Sea Otter said...

Pardon me while a vent a bit regarding the mainstream media...

I'll also be watching with interest to see if THN offers a mea culpa. One of my pet peeves with media, however, is that they are often reluctant to apologize when they screw up like this. Yes, I know they got, "burned by a source", but ultimately that is their responsibility, not that of the bad source.

In Vancouver years ago, Sports Page broke an "exclusive" story stating that Rick Ley had been fired by the Canucks. They had a "source" inside the organization that gave them the scoop, so they ran with it. Guess what? It didn't happen. Instead of apologizing, however, poor Dave Randorf drew the short straw and had to go on the tube to say that, "we stand by our story." Dude, how can you stand by your story WHEN IT WAS WRONG?!?!

THN got a lot of people's hopes up with that story, and they owe their readership, and fans in general, a full and unqualified apology.

At 3:16 p.m., February 21, 2005, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Unfortunately, I'm reluctant to comment on that... but I don't take issue with anything you've said. I can't see THN not printing an apology on the matter.

However, I will say this: their story didn't say the season was going to be saved. It said the sides had agreed to a deal in principle — something that may or may not have happened. Perhaps the Gretzky-Lemieux crew did agree to a deal in principle, which was promptly shot down by Bettman and Goodenow.

It's not as black and white as saying Ley will be fired.

At 7:19 p.m., February 22, 2005, Blogger Sea Otter said...

Update -- to their credit, THN did issue a mea culpa, although I would have liked it better if they hadn't felt obligated to trot out the old, "we stand by our source" stuff. Having said that, they at least apologized, for which they should get credit.

The conspiracy theorists will note that it was a player, not an owner, who was the source for THN. It certainly appears now as if the players thought that some public momentum towards a deal would force the NHL's hand somewhat. Oh well -- another in a long line of miscalculations by the 'PA...


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