BREAKING NEWS FIRST!! A GUARANTEED JOKE
I broke a story on the radio Monday morning.
Now it may not be a big deal to you, but journalists love being the first to tell you the news.
I got a tip that Ben Wallace was going to be named NBA Player of the Year. I gave the tip to our sports update people and they told the world that Wallace was going to receive the award later at a press conference at The Palace.
During the break I listened to WDFN's sports update and there was no mention of Wallace winning the award.
Later in typical WDFN fashion the station ran promos saying "as you heard here first" Ben Wallace was named NBA defensive player of the year. It is a farce both stations have employed in the past. They've guarantee breaking news first even when they get scooped.
And I wonder do the stations think people are stupid?
The answer is yes. I used to battle with management when I was at The Fan about boasting about breaking news first.
Here is what I was told. If you say something enough times people will believe it, even if it is a lie. So I was told that it is OK to lie and deceive in radio. That is pretty amazing considering a number of people want to fire Free Press columnist Mitch Albom for lying and deceiving his readers.
There should not be one standard for radio and another for newspaper. But there most certainly is.
One time the update person on WDFN got on the Internet and read a Los Angeles Times story about the Lions interest to sign a free agent. They repeated the story, failed to credit the Times , and then ran promos about how it is first to give us the news.
I protested saying the station was taking credit for the hard work of some reporter in Los Angeles.
When I was at The Fan I broke the news that the Pistons were going to hire Larry Brown as Pistons coach on the day they fire Rick Carlisle. But WXYT claimed it got the story first. Once the Fan finished third behind WRIF and WXYT on a story, but claimed it got the story first.
I broke the story on WXYT saying former Michigan booster Ed Martin died. Of course the Fan claimed it broke the story first. That one still makes me chuckle considering a Martin relative called me and told me and said I was the only journalist the family would contact.
So what is the point?
Do you listen to a station because you believe it breaks news first?
Do you listen to a station that outright lies to you?
It's a joke that needs to stop