Basic Tenet of Journalism #1: Remembering Factual Information

Hey, kids! It’s Keesup, and tonight I’ll be hosting a crash course in how to be a good, responsible journalist! Let’s dig in!

The first lesson is about keeping stories in context, so you know whether something is truly newsworthy. A big part of this is remembering other stories, so you know whether or not your story is repeating information that’s already well-known. We’ll start with something that’s not newsworthy.

Jason Giambi did an interview with a shoddy national newspaper and touched upon the issue of performance-enhancing substances:

“I was wrong for doing that stuff,” Giambi said Wednesday before the Yankees played the Chicago White Sox. “What we should have done a long time ago was stand up — players, ownership, everybody — and said, ‘We made a mistake.’ We should have apologized back then and made sure we had a rule in place and gone forward. Steroids and all of that was a part of history. But it was a topic that everybody wanted to avoid. Nobody wanted to talk about it.”

But good students will note that Jason Giambi testified to a grand jury in 2003. He admitted that he used anabolic steroids and HGH. And he publicly apologized. So, there’s not really any new information in the USA Today Story. I guess that he’s expressing an opinion on an important matter, but still, I might save this for a news-in-brief tucked away. Everyone got it? Okay, class dismissed. Time for ice cream!

Wait, I’m sorry. You, in the back, you have something to add? Could you take off those Mickey Mouse ears? They’re a bit distracting. Thanks.

Okay, I think you need to calm down? You’re angry? Why are you angry? What do you mean, this is the closest to admitting that he took steroids? He did admit it. Four years ago.

You think it showed poor judgement? Why? How? He discussed something that was public knowledge. It was hypocritical? Maybe, but I think you’re making way too big a deal out of this.

Why should anyone investigate this? There’s nothing actionable here. Cashman wants to get out of his contract? I would too. (Jason Giambi is grossly overpaid.) Why are you making such a big deal out of this?

No, actually, I didn’t know “Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End” is only in theatres May 25. It’s not like there have been any advertisements or anything.

Any more questions?

One Response to Basic Tenet of Journalism #1: Remembering Factual Information

  1. Special K's Mom says:

    Hear! Hear! (or is it Here! Here!) “They” should leave Giambi alone. He is trying to do what is right. Sounds like he has a backbone to me.

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