As we reported yesterday, Eric Bischoff has been fighting back against the often speculative and sometimes false reporting that goes around the internet wrestling community. Yesterday, he singled out two well-known internet writers for what he suggested was “marks speculating” reporting. Today, he posted a red lined version of another internet writer’s commentary on Bischoff deciding to fight back.
I know that a lot of kids, teenagers, and college students read this website so I thought I’d give a quick definition of what “red line” means in this circumstance. When a document is “red lined” it means that an original copy was marked up with comments and suggested improvements. In my day job outside of TNAStars.com, I frequently review “red lined” versions of legal documents. For the younger population of wrestling fans that surf over to TNAStars.com, I’m sure that you’ll run into “red lined” versions of your original work in college or once you are working full-time. Back to the story…
What I liked most about Bischoff’s red line was how he said that “mistakes” on wrestling websites impact real people in the business. Here is the original commentary that Bischoff singled out (in italics) and his response (in bold):
We have made mistakes in our 23 history. We haven’t lied. With all due respect to Bischoff, an item about the X Division isn’t a make or break story for our readers or our livelihood
NO BUT GETTING HITS ON YOUR SITE BY POSTING STORIES YOU KNOW ARE HOT BUTTONS IS HOW YOU MAKE YOUR MONEY-AND THAT’S MY ISSUE WITH YOUR SITE. THE “MISTAKES” YOU MAKE LIKE THIS AFFECT PEOPLES LIVES (THOSE THAT ACTUALLY HAVE JOBS IN THE BUSINESS), AND THE FACT THAT YOU CONSISTANTLY PULL CRAP LIKE THIS JUST TO GET HITS YOU CAN SELL TO YOUR ADVERTISERS MAKES YOU A PARASITE IN MY OPINION.
Bischoff has a point here and it’s one that I think too many of the “copy and paste” generation of wrestling webmasters don’t understand. I’m not suggesting that the folks who wrote the original commentary that Bischoff is red lining are copying and pasting (they’re not), but I am suggesting that the hundreds of wrestling websites that copy and paste false news and rumors are really hurting people in the business that they claim to love.
Click here to read the original commentary with Eric Bischoff’s comments embedded within the text. It’s a very interesting read and I encourage you to check it out.