For everyone complaining about no spoiler alerts, read this:
We have received complaints from some of you that we are spoiling the Olympics for you by reporting the results as they happen and not allowing you to enjoy NBC's delayed coverage of the Games. The following was posted today on our Readers' Representative blog:
The Times’ Matea Gold reports on the Show Tracker blog about an uproar over Twitter users sending out Olympic “spoilers,” reporting the results of events as they happen, often hours before they’re broadcast on TV.
The Times has been receiving the same type of criticism over its coverage of the Olympics, which is being reported on latimes.com, in breaking news alert e-mails and via Twitter.
The Olympics Blog has received comments such as these:
From LA Woman: “Dear LA Times: There are some of us who like to be surprised while watching the tape-delayed Olympics broadcast. Can't you just post a headline that says "For Olympics Results, Click Here" instead of spoiling it for everyone on your homepage? I'm pretty sure you don't want to alienate any more readers than you already have....”
From CTNM: “I've decided to remove LA Times as my homepage since they spoil the results of EVERY Olympic event.”
Managing Editor Sean Gallagher, who oversees latimes.com, said The Times is simply doing its job:
“The Times has also been receiving complaints about the tweets we are sharing -- and not just about the Olympics. In most cases our policy is simple: We report news as it happens.
“To do otherwise would clearly damage our credibility as impartial observers of events. Worse, it would make us an agent of the NBC Olympics marketing machine.
“Direct your ire at NBC. That firm made the decision to repackage marquee events in prime time. The Times reports news.”
As the debate over spoilers raged on Twitter, Robert Niles, technical editor of the American Statistical Assn., tweeted:
“Posting the results of a public event seen by millions around the world isn't a ‘spoiler.’ It's ‘news.’ You know, what journalists post.”
You can read the entire post at our Reders' Representative blog, here.
-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver, Canada