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Re: Jeopardy! reportedly searching for a new host
« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2019, 10:00:14 AM »
How about Ken Jennings?

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Re: Jeopardy! reportedly searching for a new host
« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2019, 11:01:48 AM »
Here's a tip on credible sources: If the vast majority of people haven't heard of the website, don't mention it yourself. Let me explain. Screen Rant, tv. com and tv insider are all little known sources. But who hasn't heard of WSJ, The New York Times, Fox News, CNN, Associated Press, etc. In sum, wait for the sources that have a larger following. Only then is the information more likely to be true.

I tender that the overall accuracy of an outlet's reporting matters more than how many followers they have.

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Re: Jeopardy! reportedly searching for a new host
« Reply #17 on: April 05, 2019, 11:03:45 AM »
It's a decent rule tpir04, but there are always exceptions: there are still good, small, specialized news sources that few people have heard of, and even big "established" news sources are prone to fouling up and having to pull a story or issue a major correction.

jaywilliams, the bigger thing at play here is learning the difference between independent sources versus dependent sources in a story. If two people were at the scene of a car crash and witnessed it first hand, both people would be independent sources. If somebody wasn't at the scene but heard about it from somebody who was, they would be a dependent source, because they would depend on the first person for their information.

There is nothing wrong with posting "dependent" sources, as long as the independent sources they cite are credible. But dependent sources are only as good as the info they cite. That's why reputable outlets won't vouch for a story until there's two independent sources.

Notice in the Screen Rant and TV Insider articles, all they say is that "Radar Online says..." First, Radar Online is owned by the same group that publishes things like National Enquirer. Red flag #1. Second, Radar Online's source is, again, some guy's podcast that seems to rely on twitter rumors with titles like "Catlyn Jenner Obsessed With Kate Middleton" and "Bradley Cooper Move On From Lady Gaga", and who keeps citing Alex Trebek's boss as some faceless "network", seemingly oblivious to who owns and airs Jeopardy. So I'm not holding my breath on this one.

Screen Rant and TV Insider didn't do any of the reporting themselves. They either couldn't verify the story with who works at the show, or they didn't try. (Alex has said nothing yet about wanting to voluntarily step down, so of course they couldn't verify it--why would anybody who works at the show go on the record and confirm they're going behind Alex' back to replace him against his wishes? That would be gross.)

Quote from: Screen Rant Headline
Jeopardy! Reportedly Searching For Alex Trebek's Replacement

If they have to use weasel words in the headline like "reportedly", "allegedly", "supposedly", "claimed", you should be worried, cause it means they're not confident enough in the story to run it independently. Start checking the sources, cause there's a chance that somebody somewhere just made it up.

And don't worry about being the "first" to break news. News is manipulative and cutthroat and dependent on getting clicks to survive. Too many people are focused on being "first" and not "most accurate". When there's a sketchy story it's almost never a bad idea to wait for more verifiable information to come out. If a story makes you feel strong emotion—happiness, anger, pride, vindication—and that emotion pushes you to share a "fact" with others, STOP. That's when fact checking is MOST important.

Tldr: If you're overjoyed to learn about ABC's new hybrid show "The Press Your Luck/American Idol Hour", check with somebody reputable and make sure it actually exists before breathlessly sharing it with everybody else.
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Re: Jeopardy! reportedly searching for a new host
« Reply #18 on: April 05, 2019, 11:37:52 AM »
Here's a tip on credible sources: If the vast majority of people haven't heard of the website, don't mention it yourself. Let me explain. Screen Rant, tv. com and tv insider are all little known sources. But who hasn't heard of WSJ, The New York Times, Fox News, CNN, Associated Press, etc. In sum, wait for the sources that have a larger following. Only then is the information more likely to be true.

This is excellent advice, but the article in this case is really just stating out loud the obvious.  Of course a multi-million-dollar show that produces 230 new episodes per year is going to be considering its next steps when its host has a grave medical diagnosis.  And I'm sure Alex is as aware of this as anyone else.

That said, the one silver lining in all of this is that the timing works out about as well as it possibly could for both Alex and the show.  My understanding is they finish up taping for Season 35 either this week or next and usually don't return until the end of July.  So Alex will have the next three months to focus entirely on his treatment without any interruption to the broadcasts, and the show can take its time on whatever contingencies it has to consider.

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Re: Jeopardy! reportedly searching for a new host
« Reply #19 on: April 05, 2019, 12:34:58 PM »
These ‘reports’ are a crock of sh*t, and should there be even an ounce of legitimacy to them, it’s entirely inappropriate and disrespectful to be having this discussion right now.

Trebek is fighting the good fight, and unless something official comes out about him choosing to step down with a legitimate hosting search launching — which, per Trebek himself recently, isn’t happening — then there is no need to be having this conversation.  I know all of you mean well, but this is neither the time nor place.

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Re: Jeopardy! reportedly searching for a new host
« Reply #20 on: April 17, 2019, 06:32:00 PM »
Update: Season 35 is a wrap. Pre-production work on Season 36 is already ongoing with Trebek planning to be right where he’s been these past 35 years come September.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Kz5SeYzHZE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Kz5SeYzHZE</a>

If y’all want to discuss this update, go right on ahead but in a new thread. Keeping this one locked.
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