Why you can't trust the MSM

As you know, for the past few weeks, I've been putting together post-game video packages following Bruin basketball games. Interesting thing about the stats for last night's game. The espn stats for the game lists Josh Shipp with six points scored. However, last night, as I was putting the video package together, I had Shipp with eight points. I went back to the game footage and double checked my notes against espn's play-by-play page for the game. While play-by-play matched my notes for Shipp's first three baskets, the error was at the 7:18 mark in the second half. espn listed the following: "Kevin Love made Two Point Layup." In actuality, Josh Shipp scored a layup on a lob from Love as you can clearly see in the following.

This was Shipp's fourth basket and was part of the WSU video package showing each of Shipp's four baskets.

I noticed this error last night, but figured it would be corrected by this morning. However, as of this writing, the espn site is still incorrect. The boxscore from the DailyNews repeats the error. And Diane Pucin of the LA Times specifically repeats the inaccuracy in her story today.

Josh Shipp scored only six points, but his layup on a feed from Love started UCLA's crucial 8-0 run
Ironically the very score she mentions is the one given to Love in the stats. Even UCLA's website which posts the "Official Basketball Box Score" is incorrect. So Shipp's key basket never officially happened!

Okay, this is no big conspiracy or politcal theater, and is no big deal in the grand scheme of things. I just point this out to show how lazy the MSM can be; how inaccuracies so easily creep in to the reporting and are simply repeated along, with no checking of the primary information sources; how even clear objective information is mis-reported or not challenged. It will be interesting to see how long it will take to correct the stats, or if they ever will be corrected.

No matter. You got it correct here.

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