Archive for April 10, 2007

Why it’s Always Good to Check Your Sources: A Lesson in Selective Reporting

Posted in Uncategorized on April 10, 2007 by Dax-Devlon Ross

A New York Times article linking a recent survey of teen athletes to the culture of cheating prevalent in professional sports has been getting major play in the internet the last two days. The article’s contention is that cheating is fundamental, that “sports culture conflates all forms of cheating with succeeding,” and “that it’s the new teenage sex: Everybody is doing it.”

The article also engages in the kind of selective reporting and fact manipulation that confuses the unsophisticated sports-basher and infuriates the critic – me, for instance – who’s tired of seeing sports stars sacrificed at the alter of Today’s Headline by people who don’t really know anything about sports.

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