God, I don’t want this site to descend into a constant barrage of media criticism, but every Sunday, when I pick up the New York Times (and some weekdays, too) I can’t help but notice some seriously lazy journalism (particularly by my favorite whipping boy, Murray Chass). In today’s column there is one major lapse: the whole Dave McCarty story, ably covered days ago by Jayson Stark here. Are there not fresher and better stories worth covering in all of Spring Training? Does Chass have to re-hash, in more simplistic and lesser terms, a story already covered in depth by a majorly trafficked sports news outlet? It’s not that two people can’t cover the same story, but four days apart, and under his major Sunday byline, at that?
This example is just one of many indicating why blogs and the web will bring forth the most original writing on baseball. Print journalism will continue to flourish because of writers like George Vecsey and Gordon Edes to name two, but blogging and web-based journos are constantly at the forefront of opinion-making and research. Simple fact: they can respond faster. What takes Chass four days to pump out is already out there, written about thoroughly and with just the right amount of importance (the story is simply a passing column in Stark’s prolific library), and not the middle bar in an over-glorified beat-writer’s national Sunday centerpiece.