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Philly radio host reports Jim Fregosi’s death before it happens

In the age of social media, accuracy has been taking a back seat to speed more and more. It's one thing when you rush to report something like a free agent transaction, a trade, or another player personnel move, but when you delve into the world of injuries and deaths, maybe reporters should take a minute to fully source their reports a little more.

Enter Howard Eskin, the Philly-area radio host that makes a job out of infuriating people. On Thursday night, Eskin reported that former Philadelphia Phillies manager Jim Fregosi had died following a stroke earlier this week.

The only thing was that Fregosi wasn't dead yet – he had simply been removed from life support, which Eskin noted 28 minutes later.

Fregosi did end up passing away on Friday morning, over seven hours after Eskin's original report. How irresponsible is it to screw something up so badly, and then start shooting out tweets before the night is even out about the cover of the SI swimsuit issue? C'mon man, show some tact and maybe a little journalistic integrity.

[Poynter]

About Joe Lucia

Joe is the managing editor of The Outside Corner and a contributing author at Awful Announcing. He lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and is stuck somewhere between tolerating and hating Pittsburgh and Philadelphia sports.

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