Monday, July 20, 2009

More fun with copy & paste

Haven't done one of these in awhile, but saw a particular story (that I originally read last week) pop up all over the dirtsheets today. Which no-talent, plagiarizing hacks are in the crosshairs today? Just Google the phrase "Backstage News on Shelton Benjamin's WWE Status" and we'll find out together!

sescoops.com
Shelton Benjamin’s recent move to ECW was not done as a demotion, but rather in hopes that he’ll once again emerge as a big fish in a small pond. The PWTorch Newsletter reports that the company feels if he heats up on ECW, they can always move him back to RAW or SmackDown. Shelton’s reputation for years was that he’s a great athlete but lacks the motivation to live up to WWE’s expectations of him, and this caused his SmackDown push to be scaled back. The feeling of several sources is that he became complacent once he made some money, but has shed that reputation in recent months.

wrestlinginc.com
Shelton Benjamin’s recent move to ECW was not done as a demotion, but rather in hopes that he’ll once again emerge as a big fish in a small pond. The PWTorch Newsletter reports that the company feels if he heats up on ECW, they can always move him back to RAW or SmackDown. Shelton’s reputation for years was that he’s a great athlete but lacks the motivation to live up to WWE’s expectations of him, and this caused his SmackDown push to be scaled back. The feeling of several sources is that he became complacent once he made some money, but has shed that reputation in recent months.

pwrshow.com
Shelton Benjamin’s recent move to ECW was not done as a demotion, but rather in hopes that he’ll once again emerge as a big fish in a small pond. The PWTorch Newsletter reports that the company feels if he heats up on ECW, they can always move him back to RAW or SmackDown. Shelton’s reputation for years was that he’s a great athlete but lacks the motivation to live up to WWE’s expectations of him, and this caused his SmackDown push to be scaled back. The feeling of several sources is that he became complacent once he made some money, but has shed that reputation in recent months.

TWNPNews.com
Shelton Benjamin’s recent move to ECW was not done as a demotion, but rather in hopes that he’ll once again emerge as a big fish in a small pond. The PWTorch Newsletter reports that the company feels if he heats up on ECW, they can always move him back to RAW or SmackDown. Shelton’s reputation for years was that he’s a great athlete but lacks the motivation to live up to WWE’s expectations of him, and this caused his SmackDown push to be scaled back. The feeling of several sources is that he became complacent once he made some money, but has shed that reputation in recent months.

PWMania
Shelton Benjamin’s recent move to ECW was not done as a demotion, but rather in hopes that he’ll once again emerge as a big fish in a small pond. The PWTorch Newsletter reports that the company feels if he heats up on ECW, they can always move him back to RAW or SmackDown. Shelton’s reputation for years was that he’s a great athlete but lacks the motivation to live up to WWE’s expectations of him, and this caused his SmackDown push to be scaled back. The feeling of several sources is that he became complacent once he made some money, but has shed that reputation in recent months.

xtremewrestlingscoops.com - (doesn't bother to source PWTorch)
Shelton Benjamin's recent move to ECW was not done as a demotion, but rather in hopes that he'll once again emerge as a big fish in a small pond. The company feels if he heats up on ECW, they can always move him back to RAW or SmackDown. Shelton's reputation for years was that he's a great athlete but lacks the motivation to live up to WWE's expectations of him, and this caused his SmackDown push to be scaled back. The feeling of several sources is that he became complacent once he made some money, but has shed that reputation in recent months.

Just a few examples, there are literally dozens more, but I get bored after shooting so many fish in the barrel.

8 comments:

  1. So absurd. Plus, what a lame story. If you ask me, "several sources" = my friends and I were talking and this is what we decided must be going on.

    By the way, that last site you listed is just awful.

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  2. Cannot be dealing with Twitters character limit for this one.

    With so many communication channels and mediums available in 2009, it is pure laziness when 'journalists' plagiarise news from other sites rather than doing original reporting of their own.

    I use the term journalist loosely because that is half the problem; no real journalists want to touch pro wrestling, so our coverage is dealt with by kids who are fans of wrestling with access to a web server. They do not understand what a journalist does, so just copies everyone else. Ironically this is a copy of other sites THAT ARE DOING THE SAME THING, and copying from just one or two reputable sources.

    I feel sorry for people like Meltzer of the Observer - one of the very few people within the wrestling media that I actually read, and with good reason as well. For all his stuff to get stolen within minutes of it being reported, it must be so disheartening. I wonder what will happen when guys like Dave stop doing this service (which many sites seem to take for granted, rather than doing any of their own) because it might just be the wakeup call that wrestling media needs to cultivate some new journalists within the field.

    There is so much scope for more journalists covering Wrestling, but it takes a LOT of work and most people with the enthusiasm to do it are not equipped to do the job for a number of reasons - age, social skills, confidence in approaching people, writing skills, etc. It takes more than a web server with a MySQL database to be a successful wrestling journalist, and HITS ARE NOT A GOOD MEASURE OF YOUR SUCCESS. Your contributions to the reader should be the measure of your success. By that token, there are SO MANY popular failures of websites out there, and I'm just begging someone to commit to filling this void PROPERLY.

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  3. The worst part of this story is that it's not even news. It's something that anyone who's watched ECW for the past 2-3 weeks could piece together just by watching the way the show's been booked. You can't infer the obvious direction of the show's booking and then call it a backstage scoop.

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  4. In all fairness to the wrestling "media," I understand that it's difficult to cover wrestling due to the business being so secretive, but that's why I'm doing what I'm doing.

    I'm not trying to get the "scoop" or bring you the latest gossip, I'm presenting fact-based opinion. Just like anyone who covers any other TV show. I don't want to report spoilers, I don't want to report on personal lives when I have no way to fact-check, I just want to talk about wrestling.

    Maybe if some of these "journalists" took a step back and stopped trying to always get a peek behind the door, WWE would be more willing to invite them in once in awhile.

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  5. The fact that it's easy to be an obnoxious carny shill does not excuse someone from being an obnoxious carny shill, though. I'm of the opinion that elevating one's profession or hobby involves NOT doing the sort of crap that goes on in the alleged rasslin' media. These shills should have some pride in what they do.

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  6. I don't think the biz being a closed-door environment is a valid argument in 2009. It is far easier than people make out to get original news, but nobody tries to make contacts or get in touch with people who could shed light on these rumours to get confirmations, etc.

    Wrestling journalists are 99% fans, 1% journalist -- the problem is that most sites put wrestlers up on a pedestal and don't realise that these guys are just human beings that are contactable people who MAY WELL BE HAPPY TO HELP. It cannot possibly be hard to get in touch with these people and get original stories and confirmations (or otherwise) on rumours that are making the rounds.

    As a reader, it drives me crazy to have such little credible reporting on the pro wrestling industry. I'd love to see more done by someone with strict quality control methods. Have a proper go at it. I think there's a gap in the market there for them to exploit, and in 2009 it is easier than ever to do this stuff. There is really no excuse for the sheer laziness on offer at so many crappy wrestling websites.

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  7. My whole point in bringing up the secretive nature of the business was to ask a "chicken or the egg" type question.

    Is WWE so secretive because of sucky "journalists," or do the "journalists" suck because WWE is so secretive?

    Obviously, I'm inclined to believe the former, but I'll delve more into it on this week's podcast.

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  8. I don't think they're as secretive as people believe, moreso that no wrestling websites have the journalistic talent to approach them in the correct manner, using the correct avenues and professionalism.

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