Depending on how attributions are used, they can also become a form of telling.
I call the following "impossible attributions" because they create impossibilities.
Chime, deliver, breathe, repeat, seethe, spat, articulate, laugh, conclude, add, roar, state, counter, muse, roar, growl, exclaim, fume, explode, and the list goes on.
Why do these create impossibilities?
A person can't "chime, deliver, breathe, repeat, seethe, spat, articulate," a statement. These vices shout amateur to editors and agents (and if not, they should). Avoid them at all costs.
Here's a quote from Newgate Callender, in The New York Times Book Review:
Mr. (Robert) Ludlum has other peculiarities. For example, he hates the "he said" locution and avoids it as much as possible. Characters in The Bourne Ultimatum seldom “say” anything. Instead, they cry, interject, interrupt, muse, state, counter, conclude, mumble, whisper (Mr. Ludlum is great on whispers), intone, roar, exclaim, fume, explode, mutter. There is one especially unforgettable tautology: “’I repeat,’ repeated Alex.”
The book may sell in the billions, but it’s still junk.
The best thing to do with “said” is to cut it all together and replace it with an action. This will create more “showing” and less “telling.” It pulls us into the story and helps us become more acquainted with the characters. Also, as I said, if one character has dialogue and action in the same paragraph, we’ll automatically know who’s talking so there’s no need to "tell" us who's talking. But if you have to use “said,” then use “said” and not some impossible attribution that hack writers love.
I understand a writer's disillusionment after reading a published book cluttered with misused attributions. But think of it this way, would you rather be known as a writer who writes well, or as a poor writer? Sadly, hack writers get published all the time.
Yes, I'm all for breaking the rules—I talk about it regularly. There's definitely a time and a place to do it. But I believe a writer must master the rules before they can break them.
Dave King and Rennie Browne's book, "Self-Editing for Fiction Writers," goes into detail on attributions, as well as other important writing subjects.
Attributions aren't "wrong." Just use them with care.