In other news: Steve Spurrier banned reporter and now newspaper takes it further

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    Huge Spurrier fan but the vendetta is pretty messed up. Basically ruined this dude's career because he's a "negative guy."
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    Cry me a river. The columnist printed a fabrication. Most employees who lie get fired. Only a "journalist" and politicians can get away with it.
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    What was the fabrication? Last I saw of that story it was a he said / she said thing.
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    That SOS convinced a kid to abandon the b-ball team. Meh, even if it's he said - she said, don't print it. Journalists could give 2 shits about the repercussions of an article.
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    The thing is, if you make stuff up, a newspaper will fire you. I've seen it in person. What likely happened is he had people telling him that happened and Spurrier disagreed with it or didn't like that it was printed. Either way, there are better ways to handle it
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    ^^^ This (particularly when it is painting somebody in a negative light)

    ^^^ And this.

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    But he said / she said is literally the basis of journalism.
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    Journalism should be about reporting facts, not rumors or dramatizations (particularly ones that cannot be substantiated).

    Remember, the issue is that Spurrier said that the reported allegation was untrue. Morris did nothing to substantiate the story, nor did he publicly apologize (that I am aware of). He made his own bed. Maybe his sources left him hanging, but he still has to own up to that.

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    You may get the benefit of the doubt in a he said he said situation, but when one party of the he said he said equation has the power to ban your ass from covering his program, its best to remember that.
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    I don't think it was just one thing. Seems every major program has a journalist who tries to get attention by breaking negative stories. You're right that there are better ways to handle it but what else would you expect from Spur Dog?
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    But facts can only be supported by sources. You don't just get to say "X is true," you have to assign accountability. "X happened, according to person Y."

    In essence, every news story - full of facts - is he said / she said, largely by design.
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    But this is a really dangerous precedent to set. What happens if USC is committing some NCAA violation? Don't ask questions or your publication gets banned.
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    Who did Morris name as the source?

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    I don't know. He doesn't necessarily have to name the person, of course.
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    I can see the OBC going ballistic over this.
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    I wonder what dooley thinks about this. He whines about any little media restriction as if it's some God given right that reporters should have access to whoever they want, but has his head some far up Spurrier's rear he can chew his food for him.
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    Then it's gossip. Maybe he can a job for TMZ.
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    This has to be reassuring for President Nixon. Call off the resignation, dude!
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    Then it goes back to credibility, and if someone that is this important to your content calls you out as being inaccurate you should be able to bring a little more to the table to justify your claims. He failed to do that and should have, at a minimum, apologized for that. Claiming to have a source (did he even claim this?) is different than identifying your source. Not all news stories come from rumors, hopefully most do not.

    Just as he didn't have to name the person (assuming there was one), he doesn't have to cover Gamecocks football either.

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