You may remember ESPN's Chris Broussard having a rough night of reporting near the beginning of NBA Free Agency. Not only did Broussard "report" Deron Williams staying with the Nets well after Williams himself had said so on his own Twitter account, but he also forwarded an "exclusive" quote from Eric Gordon that was also already in the public domain. Broussard was taken to the cleaners and his bad night was held up as another example of ESPN's less-than-stellar journalistic reputation.
Lo and behold Broussard has given his side of the events to that night and the Poynter Institute has written a relevant ombudsman piece all in one stroke. Yes, instead of nebulous inside baseball columns or ignoring promised stories that will actually have an impact (ahem James, Craig), the institute has delivered a relatively timley piece regarding significant questions of ESPN's practices.
The entire Poynter article is worth taking a look because it not only addresses Broussard and his sources, but also the accusations against ESPN's practice of swiping stories by using their network of "sources." Poynter even includes the Josh Elliott BWB4 quote forwarded by our Andrew Bucholtz about ESPN stealing scoops and takes it straight up the ladder to
League Of Shadows ESPN Director of News Vince Doria. With that said, here's five thoughts on what we learned from Broussard and Doria speaking with Poynter...