- Nov 15, 2007
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- America?s Hometown
By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston
BOSTON (CBS) — On Monday afternoon, The Boston Globe shared a story that carried the headline, “The real story in the Patriots-Texans clash: Nick Caserio wants out.” The story included the line, “The real story is this: Nick Caserio wants out of New England.” The story also included this line: “Specifically, he wants that Texans job.” This line was also there: ” It’s certainly a significant plot twist that Caserio wants out.” And, there were these two lines: “If Caserio is concerned about job security, there is no better place than New England, where he has lasted 19 years. Yet he still wants the Houston job.”
Lastly, there was this conclusion: “It is interesting, to say the least, to see that Caserio wants out of New England.”
The story was very straightforward, and given that it was written by NFL reporter Ben Volin, most outlets (including this one and many others) considered the story to be a report.
But apparently, this was all just Volin’s opinion.
Volin went on Sports Radio 610 in Houston and explained that he did not have any sources telling him that Caserio wants out.
“So I just want to clarify one thing,” Volin said on “The Triple Threat” show. “I’m seeing my column that I just posted a half-hour ago, I’m seeing it being referred to as a report all over the internet. And I don’t think it’s a report. I’m not talking, like, I don’t have direct information from Caserio or his agent. Like, no one’s telling me, ‘Aw, Nick wants out.’ What I’m doing is looking at all the facts of the situation and analyzing it and using some logic and common sense to try to tell people what’s going on. And what I think is going on is pretty clear, that Nick Caserio wanted that Texans job, and the fact that the Krafts and the Patriots had to lawyer up and enforce his contract and file the tampering charges against the Texans, it’s pretty clear that Caserio wanted that job and the Patriots are basically enforcing Caserio to play out his contract, so to speak.”
On the one hand, the story itself didn’t cite any sources. On the other hand, the definitive language both in the headline and the story did make it appear to be factual.
And while Volin’s dot-connecting is fair and logical, it’s not the only possible conclusion one could draw from the situation. It remains possible that Caserio is perfectly happy in his role as direct of player personnel for the Patriots, and it remains possible that Jack Easterby tried to improperly recruit Caserio during the Patriots’ ring ceremony last week at Robert Kraft’s house. If both of those scenarios were true, then it’s likely that Caserio would have informed his bosses of such contact. Those bosses may have responded accordingly.
Now, all of that is just mere conjecture, and it is not reporting. It does, though show at least one alternate theory that could or should have curbed clear-cut phrases like “Caserio wants out of New England,” lest such a story be interpreted nationally as a report and not an opinionated column.
This is a clear example of why I loathe the media. They would ruin the harmony of a team, the "esprit de corp" if you will, for a meaningless nugget. If there isn't a nugget available, they will make one up. The media is full of malice.
Because Volin is doing exactly what his bosses want him to do. They don't care if they're hated and mocked, only that you're paying attention.
I'm shocked, shocked I tell ya....
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We had <a href="https://twitter.com/BenVolin?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BenVolin</a> on the show today <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsRadio610?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SportsRadio610</a>, and he made it clear that his piece about Caserio is his OPINION, not a report. It’s being aggregated as a report of fact everywhere. Not the case. <a href="https://t.co/w9CZ4D4jNL">https://t.co/w9CZ4D4jNL</a></p>— Sean Pendergast (@SeanTPendergast) <a href="https://twitter.com/SeanTPendergast/status/1140797043054665731?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 18, 2019</a></blockquote>
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The ‘Nick Caserio Wants Out’ Report Was Not A Report At All; It Was Opinion
Not one time in his story did he say it was his opinion or what he thought, he reported it as fact. Then again that is media. Report things as if they are fact and then say its an opinion piece later. Volin does that and so do many others.
I think Mike Reiss is so far ahead of the rest of the Boston jackal pack, it's not even funny. What's more, Reiss also seems like a genuinely decent guy as well.
There's a reason why he gets far more in-depth interviews with players and staff, they trust him.
Mikie too!!!Shank was on yesterday 98.5.
Beetle said something to the effect of The Daily Mail being the only source that’ll run with where the Ortiz story news was taking them. You could hear the insufferable tone in Shanks voice and his little clipped quiffs he resorts to when he’s upset.
Beetle started going on about the mistresses Lexus. Shanks in the background: ”Was it validated?”
Beetle decided to have fun with it(I thought he’d cower): “What? What would you like Dan? A receipt?”
“Well, in fact we do. We have a photo of the bank check from Ortiz in the amount of $84500 with a memo saying “vehicle purchase”. Well, don’t you know.(snickering)”
Shanks was not happy.