Billfer of The Detroit Tigers Weblog was nice enough to send me a link to Chris McCosky’s latest this morning just in case I missed it. I was so busy I didn’t get a chance to look at it until I got back from The Pistons – Hawks opener.
“Bloggers and personal, non-journalistic Web sites are starting to tick me off. Look, I appreciate and respect that in America, everybody has an opinion, especially on sports. And I respect everybody’s right to share their thoughts with anybody who happens to own a computer via blogs.
With blogging and Web sites, it seems the hard work, standards, accountability, courage all of that is bypassed. Who needs to study this stuff, or attend games, or conduct interviews when you can just sit in your basement and clack out whatever comes through your head, right? If I rip somebody, or if I get something wrong, who cares? Nobody will see me.
A lot of times these bloggers use the work of legitimate reporters. They will lift facts and segments of stories and cut and paste them onto their blog. Rarely, if ever, though, do they bother to credit the source.
They will write something like, “I am hearing the Pistons are going to start Antonio McDyess this year.” Well, wonder where you “heard” that. It was reported in the darn newspaper. Yet, the same blogger will go out of their way to ridicule the source they stole from.” Via CHRIS MCCOSKY at THE DETROIT NEWS
Let me start by saying this…
I have never claimed to be a journalist. Unlike Mr. McCosky, I do what I do as a hobby and for the love of my team. I have never used any information from him or any other for of media, Detroit or otherwise without quoting the source and LINKING to it, unlike most major media.
Most of us who read McCosky have watched the same game that he’s reporting on. Just because we aren’t sitting on press row doesn’t mean we didn’t see the same thing that he did.
“With blogging and Web sites, it seems the hard work, standards, accountability, courage all of that is bypassed. Who needs to study this stuff, or attend games, or conduct interviews when you can just sit in your basement and clack out whatever comes through your head, right?”
Guess what Chris, I lay out my hard earned money every year for season tickets and attend most every Pistons home game. I even make an effort to catch a few on the road each season. I have a closet full of Pistons apparel and have quite a collection of sports memorabilia from my favorite team. I have every right to do what I do, if I didn’t why would The Pistons organization acknowledge me or my fellow Pistons blogger Matt at Detroit Bad Boys? So I guess I must be doing something right or people wouldn’t be visiting the site everyday.
I didn’t start out doing what I’m doing to discredit anyone or steal their ideas, in fact I get complimented all the time about the websites creativity and what I have been doing with it the past two years. I believe myself to be a decent and honest person with high standards and that’s the only thing I take offense to in McCosky’s statements. Everything else comes across as if he feels threatened by us. Maybe someone has ruffled his feathers, but I know whatever he’s accusing bloggers of, or me for that matter, he should point it out to us. Because throwing out veiled references just makes him look like he’s pouting like a spoiled child.
More bloggers addressed Mr. McCosky’s rant.
- Billfer addressed it here: Newsflash: Reporter hates bloggers
- Ian Casselberry of Bless You Boys: Fear and Loathing in Detroit: Sports Reporters vs. Sports Bloggers
- Kurt at Mack Avenue Tigers: Attack of the Blog Destroyer!
- Detroit Sports Rag (this one is personal) : Chris “Officer Barbardy” McCosky – Super Journalist
- Christy Hammond of Behind The Jersey: Detroit News reporter hates bloggers
- Big Al from The Wayne Fonts Experience: Chris McCosky doesn’t like me
And I’m sure I will have more to add to the list.