NBA Free Agency Coverage: The Latest Example of the End of Media Ethics

July 7th, 2010 by Dan Kelley Leave a reply »

The latest craze surrounding NBA free agency has made it apparent that the sports media no longer lives up to the traditional ethics of journalism.

The media has a responsibility to make reports both accurately and objectively, and as time goes by ESPN and other media outlets are showing their disregard for these principles more and more.

Over the last few weeks, how many conflicting reports have we seen about the impending decisions of NBA free agents like LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade? Every day there’s a new report citing “anonymous sources,” suggesting new favorite destinations for the big name players out there.

James specifically has been rumored to favor at least five teams. Fans in Miami, New York, New Jersey and Chicago all think they have a chance at landing the big prize and fans in Cleveland can still hold onto some hope that he’ll stay with the Cavs. But when it’s all said and done, LeBron can only play for one of these teams, meaning around 80% of all the reports regarding his future have been entirely incorr ...

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