A blog post about getting information from Twitter, but something not quite worth ready to be read in a newspaper


As FoxSports.com and Fox TV national baseball reporter Ken Rosenthal was on this morning’s Dan Patrick national radio show, the show’s contributors were tweeting about some of the news that Rosenthal was conveying.

At about 8:30 a.m., from DPShow, the Twitter post read:

“Rosenthal says Manny could be traded later this month http://bit.ly/bS7Y0p via SI.com”

Ironically, this interview with Rosenthal began with Patrick asking him about how Twitter’s place in journalistic reporting seems rather suspect.

Patrick: “Who’s overseeing the information that goes out when you tweet?”

Rosenthal: “No one.”

Patrick: “That’s sorta dangerous, isn’t it? I know you’re attaching your name to it, but should there be a sounding board for these (reporters) who have Twitter?”

Rosenthal: “(This is a question) that disturbs guys like me quite a bit. The problem is, information is king right now, more than it ever has been before. The speed of information is also king. And Twitter has become a reporting device. I don’t like it. In a perfect world, I wouldn’t use it. But if I don’t use Twitter than my information is not going to be out there quickly enough because things are moving so fast. The checks and balances you speak of are part of reporting. Editors at our website, FoxSports.com, they may question a story. When you Twitter, there is no filter. And mistakes are made and things happen now that if earlier in my career had happened, people would get fired for. Swings and misses, you would say.

“I don’t know that it’s a healthy development, but I know the fans out there and people who read want this stuff fast. And they don’t seem to care, to be quite frank, if things are wrong. Just give me the next (tweet).”

Rosenthal continued, after Patrick talked about how it seems like the method is to get it out there first and retract it later: “If I’m wrong over a period of time (as a column writer), the people who are reading are going to notice. And your credibility is at stake. And if it keeps happening there will be a negative fallout. In some ways, that’s still what guides us, that checks and balances with the readers. But is journalism the way it used to be? No. One of my bosses at Fox TV said, ‘The old rule is confirm (a story) with two sources,’ something I still try to do before I put anything out, but there are times when you follow that rule – which is a great rule – you’ll get hammered. And I’ll be honest, I’m not comfortable with it.”

Rosenthal, who has 30,000-plus followers on Twitter, had one crazy weekend trying to not just keep up with the MLB trading deadline (which was 1 p.m. PDT on Saturday) for both the website as well as getting it on TV during Fox’s MLB telecast.

At 12:53 p.m. on Saturday at the deadline, Rosenthal tweeted:

Dotel latest name linked to #Dodgers.

Three minutes later, he tweeted:

#Dodgers get Dotel. For Lamb and McDonald. #Pirates

His last tweet on Friday night was 11:51 p.m., and his first one on Saturday was at 6:05 a.m.

His first tweet on Friday was at 3:38 a.m.:

#Dodgers after Lilly AND Theriot: http://tinyurl.com/378ptu6 #Cubs (with a link to his FoxSports.com column)


It was eventually followed by, if you’re trying to figure out what the Dodgers and Cubs were trying to do as the deadline approached:

Friday at 12:17 p.m.: Source: #Dodgers more inclined to get just Lilly than both Lilly and Theriot from #Cubs. Also looking at #Pirates’ Maholm, relievers

Friday at 6:15 p.m.: Sources: While a #Dodgers trade for #Pirates LHP is not necessarily close, both clubs believe deal is genuine possibility. #TRADES #MLB. .

Friday at 10:27 p.m. Sources: #Cubs have multiple proposals out on Lilly. #Dodgers in, but still apart on $$$/players. Similar spot with #Pirates’ Maholm

Saturday, it went this way:

6:10 a.m.: Decision day for #Cubs. Lilly could go to #Dodgers. #Twins, #Tigers, #Yankees varying interest. Theriot alive w #Dodgers

8:50 a.m.: Source: #WhiteSox wanted #Dodgers to pay all but 1M of approximately 6.7M left on Manny’s 2010 contract with no player coming back. #MLB

8:58 a.m.: #Cubs, #Dodgers working phones hard on Lilly. #MLB

8:59 a.m.: Theriot possibly in Lilly trade between #Cubs, #Dodgers as well. Still fluid. #MLB

9:01 a.m.: To clarify: #Cubs-#Dodgers trade NOT done. Teams still working at it

9:16 a.m.: It’s a halfcourt shot, but it’s still in the air: Source says #WhiteSox intend to make one more run at Manny today. #Dodgers

10:31 a.m.: Source: #Dodgers still trying to make Lilly/Theriot deal work. DeWitt would go to #Cubs if it happens, along with at least one other.

11:02 a.m.: #Cubs would get DeWitt, Class AA pitcher and possibly third player for Lilly/Theriot package. Not sure of financial exchange. #Dodgers

Finally, at 11:12 a.m.: Lilly and Theriot plus 2.5M for DeWitt and 2 minor-league pitchers. #Dodgers #Cubs #MLB

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