I don’t know what it is about national news outlets reporting opinion as fact recently, but it’s starting to get irritating.
The popular Fantasy football news site “Rotoworld.com”, cited a suggestion Jason LaCanfora made on the NFL network regarding Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s contract situation as an actual report – stating the following:
According to NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora, Tom Brady won’t sign a long-term contract with the Pats until Peyton Manning gets a new deal with the Colts.
The above quote says that Brady is refusing to sign a long term deal until he sees the contract Manning gets from Indianapolis.
Here’s the actual link to the video they’re citing:
As you’ll find there is absolutely nothing new to hear about, other than the fact LaCanfora says he feels that Manning’s contract will likely “set the bar”, and that he simply wonders whether or not Brady will accept a ‘team friendly’ deal this time around.
All things we already knew.
The problem with this situation is that it’s similar to the report that Michael Silver from Yahoo Sports posted a couple of days ago – which started this whole mess. With the reach Rotoworld has, creating that report sparks off dozens of blogs to report it as fact, and the next thing you know it gets picked up by news sites, and then it just gets out of control.
Rotoworld also has a ‘widget’ that displays their headlines on 1000’s of websites, so the odds are pretty good you’ll see it appear quite a few more times over the next few days.
It would be nice if there was some form of responsible journalism among some of these sites – but apparently page views carry more weight than getting the information accurate.
As for me, there’s a growing disconnect in my desire to read any more non-factual Brady contract reports.