Kiffen pre-presser video – last century’s journalism

January 19, 2010 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: journalism, reporters, reporting.

The YouTube video above shows the eight minutes of controversy surrounding Bud Ford, the news reporters, and Lane Kiffen’s lack of cooperation with reporters in dispensing information about his resignation as Tennessee’s football coach last week.

The video has been racing around the web (more than 175,000 views as of this morning), and lots of folks are getting exorcised about it. The comments I’ve seen about it tend toward the anti-Kiffen flavor (he’s some kind of coward not the face the media); and some are anti-reporters (they should have stood behind Bill Shorey’s insistence that Kiffen go on camera).

By my general impression is this:

It was all absolutely unnecessary.

It is, at best, a demonstration of last century’s journalistic process.

The first question that springs to mind is: Why were the reporters there at all?

If Kiffen didn’t want to talk on camera and if he wasn’t going to answer questions, why waste time showing up? If all Kiffen was going to do is make a statement, he could have done that in front of a camera and put it on YouTube. Then everybody could have viewed it, the message would have gotten out, the reporters could have noted it and gotten on with the business of reporting the story.

Instead, they all gathered in a room and waited — WAITED — for Lane Kiffen to show up, knowing he wouldn’t be answering questions.

Why did they do that?

Because they’ve always done it that way.

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