We talked extensively today about the Deadspin.com story in which former FSU Cowgirl Jenn Sterger claims to have received (and saved) inappropriate voicemails and text photos from Brett Favre. If you didn’t hear (we read the entire article on-air) you can check it out for yourself HERE (though consider this your language warning: it’s not all savory).
Not much has happened since the posting made the world wide web this morning, which is in and of itself fascinating, but Deadspin has been getting blasted for their decision to run with the story.
Initially, they posted a mere tease under the headline “Hilariously Gross Brett Favre News to Surface Soon.” HERE is that original posting, “news” that Maino and I agreed before the show we would not discuss…unless a source was revealed. And then she was. And so we did.
In today’s mass dissemination of information, we are inundated with headlines and stories that recklessly walk the line between certifiable fact and source communicated fiction. Informants of the unnamed variety are the norm these days. I don’t like it, but that’s the way it is, an increasing trend that seems to have followed linearly our exponentially increasing litigious nature.
But Deadspin didn’t work in the shadows of anonymity. Quite the contrary, Deadspin’s informant willingly stepped forward. It is precisely in the outing of their source, and in the cooperation from that source, wherein the defense of Deadspin lies.
Deadspin was the conduit. Jenn Sterger shoulders the burden of proof. God bless her if she’s lying.