Story of a story   6 comments

I should be talking about the game, but there’s something else I want to mention first. The last few days have been a fine example of the worst  tendencies of the media covering the habs. The story about Kovalev published yesterday by Marc de Foy is a perfect example of how things go wrong when journalists are too lazy to do their job properly, and too eager to get fresh news. It’s not a scoop that journalists feed each other, and that the media often looks like a snake biting its own tail (I don’t know if this means anything in English, but in French it would be “un serpent qui se mord la queue”, and it’s exactly what I want to describe). But this shows how it can go bad quickly.

Just look at how things happenend:

The story first broke out on the french speaking website (which is the website created by the journalists of Le Journal de Montréal, currently on a lock out). There, Marc de Foy claimed to have spoken to a Russian friend of Kovy. According to this source, Kovalev blamed the young players for the problems of the team, and said he didn’t think he would play again for the Canadiens. Also, according to Marc de Foy, the same friend told that Kovy wouldn’t talk to the media until the situation is settled.

I found it a bit weird to think that Kovalev would tell this to a personal friend, and that this friend would then go to Marc de Foy immediately. But so far, the story is at least plausible.

Then the story gets picked up by RDS:


The key sentence here is “informateur russe”. The alledged Russian friend becomes an informer.

Then the story is reported by Habs Inside/Out, the habs devoted website run by the Montreal Gazette:


And suddenly, just like that, the Russian “informateur” turns into “Russian newspaper sources”.

So we have Habs Inside/Out reporting that RDS reports that Marc de Foy reports that “Russian newspapers sources” report that Kovalev blames the youngsters and won’t return to the team. Wow. This is amazing journalism.

But wait, it’s not over! The story then gets picked up by TSN. And finally, in a last (?) twist, on TSN, Darren Dreger gets his phone out of his pocket, and says he received an email directly from Kovalev, denying the entire story. Kovalev says he never spoke about his teammates and he wants to come back and play hard for Montreal. (here is the video)

darren-dregerNice tie, Darren

Of course, Marc de Foy will say he still has faith in his source. I’m not saying he is wrong, I have no idea, and there’s no way to really know. It could really be a case of quick backpedaling from Kovalev. What I find really sad though, is how this little piece of info was picked up (and sometimes distorted) by the main news websites so rapidly, and without any further verification (you can’t really find bigger websites than RDS and Habs I/O when it comes to habs news).


About the game in Washington, now. I haven’t seen it, but apparently, it was good. And encouraging. That’s really what I was hoping for. Last night, the final result was almost less important than the manner. But tonight, it’s a bit different. This game in Pittsburgh will mean an awful lot. After a good team effort last night, it would be very good to see them win against a talented team clinging to its playoffs hopes.

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Posted February 19, 2009 by Grrrreg in Uncategorized

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6 responses to “Story of a story

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  1. Thanks for saying what needed to be said. It’s amazing to see how rumors and hearsay can get blown up into “fact.”

  2. Once again, you’re right.

  3. Thanks Kristin!

    EP, it’s a shame we agree on everything! We need some controversy here! A good old hateful debate filled with insults is always better to get new readers. Please, next time, at least pretend you’re upset with what I write… :P

  4. What are you talking about? The Russian media is ALWAYS right. Don’t you know anything about hockey? Jeez. There’s a guy who knows a guy who’s aunt’s mother’s half-brother’s third ex-wife’s second husband’s father’s daughter’s boyfriend told the media in Russia that Gainey is going to trade Kovalev, Price, Higgins and Plekanec plus fifty million draft picks for Vesa Toskala before he then goes out and gets Sean Avery. Plus, said source said that Kovalev hates everyone on the team and has since day one. He hate the city, hates the team and wants to go and play for Detroit now. Which is fine with everyone because Detroit is where all the softy Euros end up anyway. Like good riddance!

    And the game sucked last night. Ovechkin got beat up all night and the refs were SO biased towards Montreal and didn’t give them any penalties at all. Thankfully Ovie got the best goal in the entire history of the sport which had all of the Caps fans dancing around like they had just won the Stanley Cup. And if it hadn’t been for Theodore sucking all night then the Caps would have won 10-0 because Price was clearly drunk and couldn’t breath after smoking all day before the game while he was out partying with Sergei Kostitsyn who is being an idiot and hasn’t left for Hamilton yet.

    …..How was that? *g*

  5. Thankfully Ovie got the best goal in the entire history of the sport

    I love your rant!!!

  6. Are you kidding me?? I’m OUTRAGED that you think Price was drunk! Come on, Carey Price is the savior of this franchise, don’t you know that already?? Oh, but maybe you prefer Sidney Crybaby Crosby? I’m sure you’ll be ashamed of this when the habs win their 25th stanley cup in june, which is obviously bound to happen, since it’s their FREAKING centennial season! Or maybe you won’t be ashamed, because you’ll have jumped back on the bandwagon as soon as the team wins again!!!

    [that was a great effort EP, I'm already hearing the new readers coming our way... thank you!]

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