So remember when the Snapchat video was posted back on Friday night, June 12th and everyone started freaking out about what it meant for the spoiler? It was obvious to me at that time that the spoiler was wrong and that Kaitlyn and Shawn were together. But there were still plenty of people who believed the spoiler was right, but that Kaitlyn and Shawn had just decided to get back together post show. I kept my mouth shut for 3 days while anyone and everyone tweeted, emailed, and texted me asking what was going on. As I mentioned, two days before that Snapchat video, I was given a lead to follow up on that Kaitlyn and Shawn were together and that the spoiler was wrong. The video comes out two days later, and in my eyes, that’s pretty much all I needed to see. But I did follow up on that lead all weekend making sure that the spoiler was wrong, and that Kaitlyn and Shawn did get engaged at the finale, and this wasn’t some post-show fling they were having. And that’s exactly what happened. Unless you know who I talk to, who I email, when I received my correspondence – basically unless you’re sitting with me at my computer, nobody knows anything in regards to how and where I get my information. So to say I wouldn’t have gotten the correct spoiler if Kaitlyn didn’t ruin it isn’t 100% accurate. I had a lead, I was going to follow up on it, then Snapchat happens and it made it much, much easier for me. So do I think I would’ve gotten the correct spoiler before last night? Yes. Too many people say too many things. You have no idea.
The idea of “sources” is starting to become a big issue among mainstream media with the advent of social media. As you know, I’m a huge sports fan. Follow it every day. “Sources” and “First to report” has become huge within ESPN and outlets because everyone is trying to break their story first. There’s a whole battle going on between Yahoo basketball writer Adrian Wojnarowski and ESPN. Anyone who’s in the know in the NBA world knows Adrian breaks basically every major NBA story. He just does. Guy has great sources. On NBA draft night, he’s tweeting out the picks 3-4 minutes before the commissioner takes the podium, yet ESPN televising the broadcast, has to pretend like he doesn’t exist. And this has caused tension. Because Adrian will almost always break the story, then you’ll see something on the ESPN scroll saying the same thing minutes after Adrian, with “sources close to ESPN” when we all know they’re just getting their info from Adrian. But since he doesn’t work for them, they refuse to give him credit. And its very easy to do to just say, “Well our sources told us the same thing.” Really? Every time minutes after Adrian posts we get an ESPN update with the same story? Yeah, it’s pretty embarrassing.
Sports is a different animal because there are so many other outlets that cover it. Breaking news in sports really isn’t all that big of a deal because if ESPN does break something, within a minute other outlets are running with it and vice versa. This “Bachelor/ette” stuff isn’t that way. There aren’t any sights on the internet that are doing what I do. If it were easy, I’d be competing with 5, 10, 15 other sites every day just hoping I can get something first and beat them to the punch. I take pride in getting the information as soon as I can, but yes on occasion, I have to hold on to stuff longer than I want to so I can protect sources. It’s part of the business. I think people come to me because they know I’m not going to sell them out. I don’t reveal who tells me stuff. Never will. It’s bad for business. But this isn’t easy. By no means and I’m saying it’s hard either, don’t get me wrong. What I do isn’t hard at all. It’s just very tedious and time consuming. Basically at any time of the day, in any month of the year, I could get an email, text, or phone call that has information regarding the show. So in that aspect, I’m constantly “working,” but I use that term loosely.
If another site popped up tomorrow and did the same exact stuff that I did, then it would then turn into a rush of who could get information out there first. However, it wouldn’t happen that quickly because any site that started reporting tomorrow wouldn’t have a track record or credibility so they’d have to take a few seasons to prove themselves. But how long have I been spoiling? 6 years now? And in 6 years there’s yet to be another site that consistently posts episode-by-episode spoilers every season, along with inside information on what really went down. Hey, if it happens, I’m open to the competition. I’d just be surprised if it did. It would’ve happened already. I appreciate everyone that comes to this site (some on a daily basis), but mostly when the show is in season. It’s all fun and games. It’s a silly reality dating show. Never take it too seriously. I certainly don’t. I mean, you’ve seen my writings for the last 12 years. Have I ever taken this show seriously? No. And I never will. I make fun of it, I spoil it, and I give you information that you aren’t going to get anywhere else season in and season out. And I will keep doing it as long as this show stays on the air. Thanks for sticking with me through the occasional hiccup and continuing to make this site a success. It’s much appreciated.
We march on towards “Bachelor in Paradise” beginning this weekend. In two weeks, final casting starts for the “Bachelor” in LA. That’s where they fly 50 women out for last interviews, psych testing, questionnaires, and medical work. From there, they narrow it down to the final 25. Or if they decide to go with 30. Do I know some in the final 50? Yep. You’ll have to wait on those since some may not even make the final cast so no point in revealing names now. But until then lets just have fun with “Bachelor in Paradise” and all its utter silliness and enjoy the rest of the summer. Thanks again for coming along for the ride this season. It was a bumpy one there at first, but we were able to right the ship. Hope you enjoyed it.
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