Sports Journalists and Columnists, let us lift the standards


I am sharing this post from fellow blogger Zaheer Clarke (a winner of the Best Blog Award from the Press Association of Jamaica). It resonates with me. Facts and statistics are especially important in sports, but in general, opinion columnists and bloggers (including myself) need to do sufficient research before they put pen to paper – or fingers to keyboard. We must keep “fact checking”! So important. Kudos to Zaheer for his great blog. If you love sports, this is for you!

Zaheer's "Facts, Lies & Statistics"

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Broadcast: February 18, 2017 on SportsNation Live

First published February 20, 2017, Republished April 3, 2017

The standards of sports and opinion journalism in Jamaica are falling. It’s time to lift the standards.

President Donald Trump (l) and his counsellor Kellyanne Conway have waged an unprecedented war on facts and truths since moving into the White House.
(Photo credit: Getty Images)

A friend of mine recently said, “The most dangerous thing on planet earth is an opinionist whose opinions are formed void of facts.” So, I quickly added, “While that statement may be true, what say you of Donald Trump?”

Opinionists are like sand grains on the beach. They are everywhere and worse when it comes to the world of sports. They can be found on the street side, at the bus stop, at the gym, and at the lunchroom at work. Unsurprisingly, another place you…

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