CBS Sports Edited a Sixers Reporter’s Video and Turned it Into #FakeNews

This is how the bullshit happens.

On Tuesday, Philly.com’s Sarah Todd posted a Twitter video featuring a couple of Sixers doing shooting drills towards the end of practice.

It was titled “Justin Anderson, Robert Covington, JJ Redick #Sixers,” as you can see for yourself:

The players went 0-7 in that clip.

On Thursday morning, CBS Sports took the video and edited it to say, “Maybe it’s time to question the process,” with a “Brick Count” graphic underneath. Todd was given credit via a small snipe on the bottom of the clip.

Here’s what it looked like:

The video has 123,000 views and nearly 700 comments.

This is stealing a reporter’s video, ignoring the context, and tweaking it in hopes of going “viral.” Nowhere in Todd’s post did she say, “Brick City!” or, “These guys missed a bunch of shots in a row!”

In fact, the very next Tweet on her timeline is a clip of Dario Saric and Furkan Korkmaz draining three-pointers:

Another video featured two minutes of Robert Covington shooting deep balls with Todd writing, 40 seconds of bad footage does not tell a whole story, for balance here’s Robert Covington hitting like 21/29 threes.

Furthermore, she even asked Anderson about the clip in question:

“We made light of it, everybody was joking about it. It was funny. That’s what we want the people to see anyway,” Anderson says in the clip.

A guy named Bob Hargrave had a good response on the CBS Sports Facebook post:

I’ll add another one: How about the fact that this was DAY TWO OF TRAINING CAMP at the very end of practice?

For reference, the media is allowed into the gym during the final 15 to 20 minutes of training. That means that things are wrapping up, and a lot of the drills you see in these videos are players cooling down after completing full court and coach-involved drills. They’ve been practicing for two hours already. Most of this stuff is icing on the cake, or even guys sticking around to do extra work.

We’re not getting video of the first 20 minutes of practice, where guys are busting their ass with Brett Brown running the show. It’s the same in any sport, really. When I covered the Union, guys would take penalty kicks and try to chip the ball off the crossbar. Some would stay and work with assistant coaches. Others were speaking with reporters or stretching. Ask Philadelphia Eagles reporters how much meaningful practice they get to watch.

Anyhow, that’s how the bullshit happens. A reporter posts something, it’s stolen and edited, and then idiots jump to conclusions on Facebook.

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10 Responses

  1. You know, that stupid show on ESPN with Lebitard and his dad did the exact same thing. It’s bad journalism – what else is new.

  2. What was fake about it? It was Brick City. They took a clip of some really bad shooting, and counted the misses. Fake…..Not really

  3. Kyle takes every Philly.com article and takes 1 – 2 sentences, tears it apart, and that is OK. This guy takes a video that is posted to twitter, and he is wrong….

    makes sense…

  4. Dude if this website was what it used to be (funny) you guys would have created the brick city video yourselves. Someone else is more original might as well mock them. Kinked must be getting paid by the Sixers!

  5. Dude if this website was what it used to be (funny) you guys would have created the brick city video yourselves. Someone else is more original might as well mock them. Kinked must be getting paid by the Sixers!

    Good grief!

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