In response to that last bit -- the Yost rumor -- Melvin said this:
Melvin was aware that a blogger had posted a supposed news scoop late Sunday night claiming he had a source that told him the Brewers were going to fire Yost today. And Melvin said any radio station or TV station or newspaper that responded to a blog site as a news source -- and that includes me because I did so today -- should seriously question themselves.Why is that when a reporter gets something wrong that reporter, and possibly his newspaper, are the ones that take the heat, but when a blogger gets something wrong, every blog is lumped together as unreliable?
"I have too much respect for newspapers and news stations for them to respond to a blog for their news," said Melvin. "When they do so, they lose their credibility. I refuse to respond to blogs because anybody can put anything out there."
Haudricourt -- who also blogs, by the way -- gets it right. He shames Badger Blogger by name and says he won't cite him again. Thats how it should work: direct, name-brand accountability designed to let people know that which is wheat and that which is chaff. When you dismiss all blogs out of hand you not only unfairly tar the ones who do a good job, but you dilute the scorn that should be directed at the irresponsible blogs, thereby giving them a blobby anonymity under which they can continue to peddle this stuff.