Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Feature in the National Post

There's a terrific piece by John Lott in today's National Post that recaps the frenzy of Monday night and how the Yu Darvish story ended up burning me. If you want to know the difference between blogs and major news outlets such as my own newspaper, the Darvish saga pretty much sums it up. “There is a code of ethics that applies to journalism, and that code tends to blur in the blogosphere, often a land of anonymity and speculation,” I told Lott for his story. "I fell into that trap, lowered my standards, and began feeling like a maverick with this hot story while sitting in my home office.” My sources were so confident the Blue Jays had won the bid, and I still believe the Jays bid an excess of $50 million. Wish I could give you more juicy details of what "Deep Throat" told me that night, but I have to protect my sources ... Thanks to many for the love and support. You know who you are ... "Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas to all," sources say.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, I already forgot all about you. But here you are, still looking for attention and crying wolf, hey? The hole you dug yourself wasn't big enough?

You made baseless and fictitious statements about Toronto's bid for Yu Darvish, and in this post, you continue to throw gasoline on the fire, insisting that Toronto bid more than $50-mil. Meanwhile, Jon Heyman & others are saying: "Heard neither toronto nor anyone else was anywhere close to texas' winning $51.7M bid for yu darvish."

I think I'll believe the people who have a solid track record for not lying. You tried to get ahead by making up your material (always a bad choice for a reporter), and worse yet, you are still blaming the invisible man. Talk about making a bad situation worse. Never good to be known as a liar in the media.

Anonymous said...

Either you act like a journalist or you don't. Whether the work appears in a newspaper or on a blog is irrelevant.

Anonymous said...

I think this will blow over and people will forget this entire unfortunate incident. I would expect that a valuable lesson was learned and if anything i would expect your blog to be better as a result as i would not expect in the future things will be better verified before being put out as fact. That being said, its a dangerous thing to play around with the hopes and dreams of a desperate fan base who hasn't seen the playoffs in almost 20 years and i can not imagine the amount of wrath and venom that was heaped on you because of this situation. I hope that as much as Blue Jays fans forgive you and forget about what happened that you are also able to forgive the Blue Jays fans and city of Toronto after receiving such scorn. It was just a terrible incident no matter how you dice it and it is not nice to see someones life so negatively impacted simply because of a few misguided tweets and misinformation.

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