Here's a link for reference. I think it originally aired sometime in late April. Here's a link to the show if you have a few minutes to spare.
The show that day was about blogs and how it affects today's sports coverage. Costas had Deadspin's Will Leitch and Buzz Bissinger (I still have no idea who he is) talking about how blogs have changed the way sports is reported (amongst other things). It got real heated between the "blog king" Leitch and "old school" Bissinger. It got me to thinking...
Is the "old" media terrified of the emergence of blogs? Do blogs scoop them for infomation? Do blogs cross the line in what is news and what is... privacy invasion?
To answer the 1st question I have... I say for now no, but I do see the print media adjusting their methods to compete with blogs. I found that people like to read blogs because it's written from (in sports) a fan's perspective. Many times I find blogs have more detailed infomation than what you can find anywhere else. Why is that... it's because some blogs are topic specific... meaning that's all they worry about.
Do blogs sometimes scoop the print media on breaking news? This one I say yes to. Blogs and messageboards are often the places where you'll hear breaking news first. That being said, most messageboards (and some blogs) are more rumor mills than places to find real info. As a reader you have to sift through the bullsheet to find the gems... IMO that's no different than the print media.
Do blogs cross the line? Absolutely. I can think of 2 NFL examples where IMO the blogosphere perpetuated a non-story to the point it became a story. The first one was pictures taken at Matt Leinart's house party. They get out and all of sudden people are questioning his dedication to the NFL? The second one was of Vince Young at a club. I have to admit a couple of those pictures made me say "What," but it's not my or anyone else's business what he does in his off time.
My biggest gripe with some blogs is the personal shots taken at people on their "sheetlist." If someone in the print media resorts to that, their name and face are attached to the story. Most blogs don't have that deterrent and with that allows extra vemon to be hurled. That's where things need to be reigned in.