Don’t Shoot “The Messenger”April 24th, 2011
Don’t take your anger out on Rick Stroud and discount his bold message today, says fellow St. Pete Times beat scribe Stephen Holder.
Holder came to Stroud’s defense in the comment section of TampaBay.com after a barrage of hate was leveled at Stroud, who wrote unsourced claims today that the Bucs would have cut Aqib Talib already if not for the lockout and that Talib’s been almost completely written off by the organization.
Holder joined commenters under the story and told readers to keep it real.
Stephen Holder Apr 24, 2011 3:52 PM
Listen folks, if you don’t like the messenger, that’s got nothing to do with whether the content is true. We’re sometimes privy to things we can’t elaborate on because we’ve been asked not to. It’s one of the more difficult parts of the job. Rick has a very good basis for reporting this. Trust me. Brasho, I basically said the same thing in my chat the other day, so Rick and I are on the same page with this.
Holder went on, in a separate comment, to ascribe motives to commenters blasting Stroud. Joe hates when people ascribe motives.
“I’d just like to add that I think a lot of people are reacting emotionally to this because you don’t want to see the guy go. I get that. Unfortunately, the news isn’t reported based on what we want to hear. News simply is what it is, whether we like it or not,” Holder wrote.
Joe finds all of Holder’s comments amusing. In Joe’s world, “the news,” as Holder calls it, comes from a source, whether it be the reporter witnessing something and writing about it, or the reporter delivering the news and attributing said news to a source — anonymous or otherwise. Anything else is opinion.
As Joe wrote earlier in great detail, Joe is not buying any of this from the Times beat guys, not because they wrote it, but because it doesn’t fit Mark Dominik’s M.O.