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Great Moments in Journalism: Cliff Lee’s muscle strain edition

Feb 22, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

Cliff Lee phillies throwing

Someone else tell me if this is bizarre:

Look folks, this isn’t hard:  The Internet has changed the game a bit, but the game isn’t unrecognizable:  report what you think is true, and yes, feel free to report it quickly if you feel it necessary.  This is baseball after all, not national security.  If the story turns out to be wrong or different or whatever, correct it.  But do so in a transparent manner. Don’t delete your earlier, erroneous or misleading report and pretend that you’ve been right all along because to do so misleads readers who have an even tougher task today than they ever have had in judging a source’s credibility.

Likewise, bloggers: credit and link those who do the actual reporting and don’t block quote too much.

And newspaper people: think hard about writing that “beware of the blogs and social media” column.  It’s a tired topic even if it’s right, but it’s downright galling if the primary example you use is one of the newspapers’ doing in the first place.

*That tweet, BTW, was in reference to HBT’s own initial post on the Lee thing which had ommitted the link and reference to the Inquirer at first. We fixed that as soon as it was brought to our attention and apologized to the Inquirer for the error.  We’re not above any of the rules of the Internet and, no, we’re not perfect either.

  1. BC - Feb 22, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    In breaking news, Cliff Lee is battling a severe case of scurvy…..

    • Lukehart80 - Feb 22, 2011 at 11:02 AM

      Get that man a gimlet, fast!

  2. Jonny 5 - Feb 22, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    You can find it here.

    I often have trouble finding aged content on but it’s there still.

    And here’s the direct link.

  3. Jonny 5 - Feb 22, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    I like how the “real journalist” for the daily news is digging on the booger eaters of his industry, reminding us all of how no information is better than the wrong information sometimes, or something like that.

  4. Brian - Feb 22, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Craig, you’re omitting that originally reported the possibility a “mystery strain” and that everyone was surprised that it turned out to be a surprise left-armpit strain, as opposed to the widely-believed right delt or left quad strain that had been hyped in the media for months.

    I can’t figure out how to relate this to his contract status so I’ll leave that to someone else.

  5. Matthew Flint - Feb 22, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Craig, “The Phillies Zone” is a blog within The reason it was hard to find is because they archive their blogs everyday. It’s kind of annoying. But the story bashing all of this is from Paul Hagen who doesn’t like blogs and has said as much in articles before. The writers on that site (which I frequently visit) are somewhat independent of the site itself. Their articles are posted after they are put in the papers. This has caused articles written by a DN writer and an Inq writer that are very much the same, but from two different papers and writers. Again, it’s annoying. But what I’m saying is they are not going back on what they said, Hagen is trashing the blogosphere in the paper but it is being link on where the first blog post was published. Ironic

  6. Chris Fiorentino - Feb 22, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    If Howard “Wolfman” Eskin didn’t work in Philadelphia, Paul Domowich and Paul Hagen would be batting for the “Biggest A-hole in the Philly Media” award on a daily basis. Paul Hagen is the same guy who told the world that Ruben Amaro made a great deal when he traded Cliff Lee. Then when he signed him this offseason, he had the balls to write that Amaro corrected his mistake. Huh? Thanks for the consistency Paul. If Ruben Amaro ever quickly stopped walking, Hagen’s nose would be firmly planted up Ruben’s ass.

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