mlb.com writers toe company line
Posted 23 March 2014 - 11:43 AM
[FONT=Georgia] (One former writer for a league website [not MLB's] recalls the weeks leading up to the trade deadline, when one of his team's most popular players, who was on fire at the time, was on the block. He says he was told by his editor, "I can't tell you what to do, but both our lives will be a lot easier if you downplay his scoring.")
Seems a little strange given that virtually anyone can watch everything -- it's not like they could really keep someone's good (or bad) play a big secret. [/FONT]
Posted 23 March 2014 - 02:10 PM
Still, it's nice to have this out there. There should be no ambiguity, this stuff is PR, not actual journalism.
Posted 23 March 2014 - 03:31 PM
"Access" has a heavy price: Neutrality and the ability to say things as they are. Wonder why you do not see any main press outlet in the Cities e.g. criticizing Gardy & Co for the 99+96+96 and asking for some accountability from somebody for the last 3 years?
Radio and TV broadcasters are even worse: They are Twins' employees...
Blogging Twins since 2007 at The Tenth Inning Stretch
Posted 23 March 2014 - 05:07 PM
Posted 23 March 2014 - 05:47 PM
I agree with what all of you are saying. But true neutrality, if that is what you are looking for is hard to come by. Since it is available when I drive to and from work, I often listen to The Fan on the radio. Just because they take shots at the Twins, doesn't mean they inpart in real journalism, insight or knowlege about the Twins. I would rather listen to or read some of the more "homeristic" stuff by people who have some actual knowlege about what they are writing or talking about.
That's the problem though...this is acknowledging there is no knowledge or expertise here. Just puppeteering.
I don't think this is about having a proper percentage of negative thought or a balance of positive/negative conversation. It's about having independent thought. Journalism should be independent and should be disconcerting that it's not.
Posted 24 March 2014 - 08:06 AM
That said, I think the NFL is much, much worse at this than mlb.
Posted 25 March 2014 - 07:42 AM