FanPost

Twitter, and what's wrong with electronic journalism today

Get ready for an onslaught of bad reporting brought to you breathlessly through Twitter as we head into the Free Agent market.

Here is a case in point: Everyone's favorite Tweeting Munchkin, Ken Rosenthal, told the world yesterday that the Rangers had the highest posting bid for the services of Hisashi Iwakuma. 

Then about an hour later, he was reporting that Oakland had the highest bid and that the Rangers' bid was too low.

That is quite a turnaround in approximately 60 minutes. What we get is rumor at the speed of light, but nobody is bothering to fact-check or provide context to the information.

Imagine Twitter in the late 1960s when it was rumored that Paul McCartney was dead. I don't think sports journalism will ever go back to being based on quality, but I do wish these idiots would refrain from Twittering whatever was just whispered in their ear until they've had a chance to fact-check.

This Fan-Post is authored by an independent fan. Tell us what you think and how you feel.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Halos Heaven

You must be a member of Halos Heaven to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Halos Heaven. You should read them.

Join Halos Heaven

You must be a member of Halos Heaven to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Halos Heaven. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker