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Beware of Chicken Little Live! blogs posing as journalism

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on July 30, 2009 at 10:20 am with No Comments »
July 30, 2009 10:20 am

The week of the trading deadline has served another reminder that journalism and blogging remain friends but haven’t yet married.

There are a couple of baseball blogs surrounding the Mariners that get it right – and get it first – with regularity, and offer perspective with their news.

Kirby Arnold of the Everett Herald breaks stories routinely, although the entertaining U.S.S. Mariner always credits another blogger for doing so. And Larry Stone of the Times is not only a fine national baseball writer but a rock-solid beat guy when he’s doing that job, too.

There is, of course, the flip side – the Sky Is Falling blogs like the one that, just three days ago, declared the Seattle Mariners sellers and their season over.

There was even the theory that the team had fallen out of the chase so quickly that it was considering trading Felix Hernandez.

Instead, the Mariners and GM Jack Zduriencik did what they said they wanted to do. They improved this team.

Trading Ronny Cedeno, something of a miracle in itself, and Jeff Clement for a starting shortstop and a viable candidate for the rotation – and cash! – was not the act of a team that has given up on 2009.

Moving Jarrod Washburn, if that’s what Zduriencik does, won’t be, either.

The Mariners were never expected to contend this season, but being a week’s worth of games out of first place is an exciting place to spend your summmer, and they’re grown to like hanging around in the American League West.

Bloggers can surrender after a three-game losing streak, but Zduriencik? Not hardly. Nor has Don Wakamatsu or his team.

So remember, when you’re looking for information online, there are serious journalists like Arnold and Stone out there, and then there are the Chicken Little Live! blogs that have no credibility.

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