Adam Schefter’s Drama Tells Us Everything About His Rodgers Reporting
Adam Schefter has been in the news for about a day or so after an explosive report came out that Schefter sent former Washington Football Team general manager Bruce Allen a note about an unedited story. This is virtually unheard of in the journalism world. No one does this. They never fact-check the story with the source that they’re covering. It made Schefter look like a pawn to the owners and front office. With this story leaking out, it says a lot about the Aaron Rodgers saga this offseason and his reporting on it.
It was never about that he had this big scoop about it. I don’t doubt that Rodgers was unhappy. I also believe Rodgers might have reached out on his own or his agent might have started talking to sources. But a majority of this was driven by the organizations who wanted Rodgers. Most notably, San Francisco and Denver. Schefter has a relationship with a lot of teams in the league. Likely all of them. But he has ties in both cities with the Lynch connection (Both were in Denver at the same time) and working in Denver for all those years.
The guy isn’t a real journalist. Sorry. I hate gatekeeping journalism because no one, and I mean no one smells their own farts like journalists. He is simply a media member who reports out on news stories heard from agents or front office types then packages them up for social, television, or both. Remember this clip from the Dan Patrick Show where Schefter tries to explain why he basically sat on this news story until the NFL Draft and what it came down to was ‘It would make good TV.’
This is just another example of guys at ESPN who are news breakers get too much clout. Adrian Wojnarowski is the same way. The reason these guys are important is social media and nothing else.