Read the middle of this story and tell me why Star Telegram reporter Clarence E. Hill Jr. doesn’t owe all of us die-hard Dallas Cowboys fans an apology. Here, let me pull out the problematic statement he makes as fact in his article that ran on Feb. 27.
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Running back Marion Barber
Contrary to earlier reports, the Cowboys will give Barber a first-round tender at $2.017 million, which would net them a first-round pick if he goes to another team, rather than the high tender of $2.56 million, which would have returned a first- and third-round pick.
It turns out today we all shockingly, yet happily, found out Mr. Hill was completely WRONG.
As a fellow journalist, I would never think of reporting something in a newspaper of record as fact. Blogs are not “for-record” publications and can often fuel rumors. That’s what we do. It engages conversation.
But newspapers are left to state facts or CORRECT them if wrong. Hill has not corrected this erroneous statement story yet.
This was not a fact. Hill reported “contrary to earlier reports” Barber would get just a first-round tender. What reports was he talking about and who the hell is his source?
I have e-mailed Hill asking him why he did this to us. See, the problem with the Dallas Morning News and the Star Telegram is they report garbage. The Dallas Morning News turned into a tabloid this season with the Tony Romo-Jessica Simpson affair.
Guys, if I am overreacting, just say it. But I am real mad about this. Even though this is a blog, and I discuss rumors, I never want to mislead you all. I also cannot wait for the official Dallas site to report the news, because it doesn’t do it very quickly.