Packers beat writer—er, former Packers beat writer Greg A. Bedard was a fan favorite while he wrote about the greatest franchise in sports.
Before the NFL season came to an end, Bedard decided to move on from Titletown—in spite of his supporters in Green Bay—to take a similar position in New England, writing for The Boston Globe. Some Packers fans felt somewhat betrayed by the sudden jump.
It is fair to say that Bedard has now received his comeuppance?
In an article published by The Boston Globe and sourced through popular sports mediums such as ESPN, Fox Sports and Rotoworld, among others, Bedard dug deep into his former Packers sources.
In the aforementioned article, Bedard revealed that Green Bay was one of the few teams in the NFL to effectively cut the salaries of the entire assistant coaching staff, which further cast his departure in an unfavorable light from the perspective of Packers fans.
Needless to say, the Packers released a statement claiming that they have not, and do not plan on, cutting any salaries of their assistant coaches in the future.
Larry Kennan, head of the NFL Coaches Association, who is credited with giving Bedard the false information, has since apologized through Bedard and the Globe.
You can read the statement regarding the false information and apology here.
I find it amusing that Bedard was given a piece of information, and without verifying it through another source, published it as fact.
I realize Bedard was given false information, but he has a long history with the Packers organization and sources close to the team. Yet he was unable to confirm through a source closer to the Packers that such pay cuts had actually taken place?
Then, instead of taking responsibility for allowing insufficiently researched information to be published, he basically pretends it didn't happen.
Bedard did follow up with that other article, stating that Kennan did have the wrong information and had indeed apologized. But that isn't good enough for me. Whatever happened to accurate and responsible journalism?
This isn't a casting of Pirates of the Caribbean, where Bedard plays a seemingly remorseful Jack Sparrow who has just been taken captive and forces the dreaded "parlay" card onto the crew.
If a mistake is made, one should accept that mistake and take a share of the blame. Unlike Bedard, who instead seems concerned with the sheer volume of his posts over the actual accuracy of said articles.