A thread to record some of the more disgraceful examples of league journalism. Journos sometimes use various devices to camouflage rank speculation and disguise it as credible reporting of something that actually occurred. Dave Taylor on NRL on Fox last night said he wasn't considering reneging on his deal with the Titans - even though this has been a big story recently. Not only that, he said the journalist who wrote the story contacted him beforehand. Dave told him it was not true, and the journalist said, "I'm going to write it anyway". James Phelps (News Ltd, Telegraph) has been all over that fictional story. Not sure if he was the one who made it up first. http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/dave-taylor-considering-backing-out-of-deal-with-gold-coast-titans/story-e6frexnr-1226309044797 Phelps likes using words such as "it is understood that â€¦" to disguise the fact he can't actually say, "Dave Taylor said â€¦" The other starting nomination can be the one Cameron reminded us of yesterday, Paul Kent and Josh Massoud's terrible effort that no doubt was a factor in a large damages payout, again by News Ltd. http://www.news.com.au/news/league-star-...1119083465 Phrases like, "sources close to the enquiry revealed that â€¦", always raise alarm signals. Of course, these blokes went further and purported to quote "police witnesses", who were never heard of again and who certainly never gave evidence at the trial.