The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Saturday, October 09, 2004
Media kow-tow: now in baseball
If the management of General Electric, Viacom and Disney ever thought that canning their news divisions would put an end to Rathergate-style woes, they would be barking up the wrong tree.
The tale of the confrontation between LA Dodger Milton Bradley and LA Timesman Jason Reid has been all over.
My beef is with Fox. (A lost cause, perhaps, but this is by way of an example.) A Times story says:
[MLB's Sandy] Alderson said it was uncertain whether major league officials would extend their inquiry to determining whether the Dodgers acted appropriately by asking a Fox Sports Net television crew to erase its tape of the incident.
Complete regulatory capture. Dependence for employment opportunities and must-carry news on a sport where steroid usage and on-the-field brawling are customary will be apt to melt the backbone of any journo or media organisation.
But the smartness of the heel-click, the lack of any show of fight on the part of the TV journo or producer, is just that bit more demeaning than economically necessary.
Ken Auletta's famous New Yorker article on the Bush administration's media relations more than amply reflected in sports, if this case is anything to go by. (I say if, mark you...)
(Romenesko has more links.)
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