Brandon Marshall, Miami Dolphins: Slippery Slope Journalism Unfair To Both

May 20, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

By now, the whole world (slight exaggeration) knows that Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall had a routine surgical procedure on his right hip—which will keep him out of organized team activities until Training Camp.
Despite the Miami Dolphins' general policy of keeping such information private, local and national media dug and speculated until they had a story.
And one that far exceeded the boundaries of the initial news.
What spawned during the "reporting" phase is one of the paramount problems in our global media age today.
It's called the slippery-slope fallacy of reasoning.
Here's how it works: take one piece of information and come up with a series of drastic resulting effects, leading up to a final conclusion that is exaggerated and usually some sort of "doomsday prophecy."
All of sudden—according to "credible" sources—Marshall wasn't going to be ready for the start of training camp.
Then what?
Because he ha...

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