BREAKING NEWS: ESPN Reporter doesn’t know where footage came from

Well this sucks. A few days ago, we posted an ESPN.com report on Manning running walk throughs. Because of the knee wrap and the presence of Dom, we guessed that it was in fact from this week. I contacted Paul Kuharsky from ESPN to confirm that the video was current. Here was my question:

Paul, yesterday, you showed a video of Peyton Manning at a Colts’ walk through. Then you said the practice was closed door. Was the footage from yesterday or was it stock? If it was from yesterday, how did you attain it if the practice was closed? If it was stock footage, shouldn’t that have been made clear in the report? Was that important footage of Manning moving around well, or was it old video? Could you shed some light and clear up the confusion?

This was his response:

I sent an email to higher ups on this and did not get a reply. I apologize. It’s an excellent question. I suspect stock footage and would agree we should have made it clear. Sorry I can’t give you more. I’m just a simple blogger in a very big world.
My understanding is Manning was at a practice, not in a practice.Thanks for reading and taking the time to write…


Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

First off, thanks to Paul for his response. We all recognize that this wasn’t his fault. Of most immediate concern to Colts fans is that this takes away some of the good feeling we had about Manning being available soon. Granted, he didn’t say it for sure WASN’T from this week, but he also couldn’t confirm it.

What this really calls into question is the editing process at ESPN. The fact that we can’t get an answer to clear up their questionable editing is disturbing to say the least.

Demond Sanders: It has to be recent footage, right? Manning has a heavily wrapped left knee which tells me it is post-surgery film. And as you pointed out he is handing off to Dom Rhodes in a #38 jersey. I think he looks pretty good.

Still, I think you make a solid point about the sloppy reporting by ESPN. How did they get video of a closed practice? Weird.

DZ Comments: Slopping editing. The reporting was solid. The reporter isn’t to blame for the editing of the story. He clearly shot his stand up piece, and they put it together. It’s semantics, but I hate to kill the wrong guy. Kuharsky was stand up about it. The editor is to blame for the confusion.

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