The Times-Picayune is a Dying Newspaper... As Well as an Expanding Tabloid!
Posted by Mejdy Jabr on Thursday, January 03, 2013
|Schefter can keep his sources; I have anonymous, local players.|
Times-Picayune sports writers like Jeff Duncan, Mike Triplett, and Larry Holder have managed to keep themselves in the national headlines with the Saints all season long, overcoming more adversity than New Orleans had to as a franchise along the way.
Of course, all three writers are smart enough to know that the best way to gain the acceptance of the national media is to feed them what they want to hear. Jeff Duncan managed this brilliantly over the summer when "covering" the Bounty scandal. Mike Triplett was the go-to-guy for the Sean Payton soon-to-be-debacle that the paper was praying would happen for the sake of their own publicity. Triplett even went as far as producing news when nothing new was actually happening. A day before Payton signed with the Saints, Mike created a post to let his readers know how much more exciting things were about to get in the next week. Hits!
But then, adversity struck the tabloid.
Sean Payton signed a 5 year extension with the Saints in the most civilized manner a coach could. There were no interviews with other teams, no insane statements made between any of the parties involved, no pictures for Deadspin of Payton and Jones getting it on with a girl in a Devil's three way.
Business had gotten done, and the media's only job was to report on it. Unfortunately for the Times-Picayune, at least three reporters on the national scope beat them to that.
With the Bounty scandal mostly behind us, it seemed as if the Picayune was headed towards a dry spell.
Veteran sports journalist Larry Holder wasn't about to sit back and allow that to happen, though. And through his perseverance and sheer determination to create news for the Times-Picayune Tabloid, he struck the mother load by egging on a Saints player to say something really stupid. The true genius in what Holder did, though, goes much deeper. He allowed the player to remain protected under anonymity, meaning that the statement could just as easily have been completely made up.
Larry Holder doesn't care what you think about his journalistic "integrity," all that matters is that he got a statement (maybe) and flipped it into a story about the entire team being against their defensive coordinator.
Sadly, Jonathan Vilma refused to contribute to the story, but he couldn't stop the train that was already in motion. Media members on local levels from out of state and, way more importantly, on the national level spent all of yesterday writing stories that made sure to include:
"Via Larry Holder of the Times-Picayune..."
"According to Larry Holder of the Times-Picayune..."
"Larry Holder of the Times-Picayune is 'reporting' that..."Keep up the mediocre work, Larry, and keep taking pages right out of Adam Schefter's playbook! Journalism like this can only lead to great things for the future of the Picayune Tabloid!