Those of you who are doing the right thing in journalism don’t read any more because this piece is not for you. Those of you on the other hand who could care less what happens to a family after you break a story, this is for you.
You sure did miss a lot of good stories over the years.
This is not a rant…this is not a whine. Make the distinction.
I can care less about what Tiger does, so why should you?
Does the media have a job? Have you ever heard someone in the media criticizing the field? Sup with that? Why are journalists allowed to crack jokes on athletes but not the other way around in ways that will affect history?
Media is generalized because the field is easy to place in a box. Is tabloid journalism replacing truth? Does this have every single outlet in mind? Of course not…just the ones who say the public has the right to know despite the bones flying out of their mouths at every instance.
The hypocrites. The ones who seem to drive the base.
Does the media have a responsibility to anyone but themselves? Is their sole aim to make money for the outlet they represent?
With that financial aim in mind, how the hell can an outlet be about responsible journalism?
Why do stories past and present get lost because of money?
Why does some media outlets go after some athletes and forget about others?
Why is a Black athlete’s transgressions covered with much more visceral antipathy than their White counterparts?
For a while there, outlets were going hard on the brothas…real hard. Don’t get in trouble you say?
No crime is White?
Why do you NEVER see White athlete perp walks?
Why aren’t organizations publicly flogged?
That’s your meal ticket huh?
You wouldn’t dare would you?
What outlets are credible? Which are not?
Why is bad news good news for journalism?
Absurd. Cowards. Cheaters. Snakes.
Why wasn’t Michael Vick’s return to Atlanta covered nationally? No one would have watched that game?
What happened to media creativity?
What really happened with Ben Roethlisberger?
Was Steve McNair really that bad of a guy?
Tiger messed up, so I can’t defend him, but I will also not feed into what has already been said about him. His life is none of my g’damn business and neither is it yours. I will admit, I got into that crazy twitter foolishness after the story broke and it felt straight demonic. My bad.
I do these just to highlight what is now. There are a lot of things suspect when speaking of Woods.
I’m about to TSF overload your mind not for now, but for time.
Think about how the sports media covered the steroids issue and how it evolved.
Wasn’t the ONLY target Barry Bonds initially before FACTS were presented…forcing a media shift that subsequently included Mark McGuire and Roger Clemens because it had to?
None of these dudes were the only ones. How does Bud Selig escape scrutiny?
How will this era be remembered a mere 40 years from now?
How does Bud Selig have a job but an offensive genius like Dennis Green can’t keep one?
In the future, when folks begin to dig through the myriad of outlets searching for the truth, what stories will they find regarding steroids?
Will it be all about ESPN?
How about the Game of Shadows? What effect will the book have on history?
Will the Yankees 27th title be seen as tainted down the road because of ARod’s spring training admission?
How about Steeler seventies?
Why isn’t Jack Johnson being pardoned?
Do you even remember why you don’t like Albert Belle?
Why did Kirk Gibson win MVP over Darryl Strawberry when he missed a whole lot of time that season?
Why did Mo Vaughn win over Albert Belle again? Just because you considered him an asshole? What does that have to do with history? Why should you be history’s judge? Who do you think you are?
Of course I have my opinion of these questions but I have to ask a few questions of you first.
I do this for time so these pieces (and your comments) are available later on. It’s not about now.
Why are the off the chart exploits of some kicked under the rug only to reappear after an athlete dies? Folks act like cats like this never exist. Yeah I’m talking about Buck O’Neil, Oscar Charleston and so many others.
When will Black writers get it and understand writing against their soul flow is killing them?
If Blacks don’t write it, it will not be written and history will see things differently as a result. Do you care? I’m not speaking exclusively to Blacks, I’m talking to everyone. Do you want the truth or not? Get some brothas up on the wall then. Get some Black writers in there so there can be an objective view of whatever is happening. It’s not just about you.
Black kids matter just as much as any other race of youngsters.
Our future is decided by our past.
Don’t you see athletes moving away from conventional media? Why do you think that is happening?
Why are some Black athletes more comfortable with White media despite what could be facing them around the corner?
Why isn’t Vince Young’s championship winning performance (over 200 yards passing and 200 rushing including the deciding touchdown on 4th down on the last play) considered the best of all time in any sport? Didn’t he lose just two games in college? What about Tommie Frazier? How many games did he lose? Do you remember what team he played for or is all about Tebow?
Will Tim Tebow and Tyler Hansbrough be considered the NCAA GOAT because of all the coverage they received?
Isn’t Terelle Pryor playing in a BCS bowl? Do you hear the crickets? Isn’t he just a sophomore?
Why wasn’t the Texas/Nebraska result more scrutinized? The booth sure rang down mighty quickly. Lawrence kicked a boss field goal though didn’t he?
Remember those two plays…Tampa/Rams regular season (MNF) and again in the playoffs? What was that about?
Do you think the NFL would have been comfortable with two Black quarterbacks playing in the Super Bowl that season.
Why does the media stick its foot in coaching moves and quarterback controversies?
Why did CC Sabathia fall so low in this year’s Cy Young balloting? Didn’t be defeat Justin Verlander head to head (Justin finished ahead of CC)? Wasn’t the big fella a huge reason why the Yankees won?
Why did Brett Favre and TIm Duncan become the default MVP choices?
Why didn’t Isiah Thomas win MVP?
Based on Steve Nash criteria, how about Webber?
What really happened in that Lakers/Kings series?
What was the real reason for the tuck rule?
Why did baseball want both MVP ballots to be unanimous in a year where Ryan Howard had his usual season and went to the World Series?
Why isn’t Donovan McNabb championed because he does NOT get into trouble off the field and is consistent over time on it? Will his relationship with Philly’s media keep him out of the HOF despite the numbers he will surely amass? There are many quarterbacks who had less success than Donovan enshrined right? Why does he get so much criticism and a guy like Drew Brees…who really hasn’t done anything yet team wise…is slobbered over? Add Carson Palmer in there as well.
In the future, will Magic Johnson and Larry Bird be seen as the best of all time because of all the coverage they received before the digital age hit and after?
Is Tiger Woods being molded into the next OJ Simpson? Is there a tinge of interracial hatred going on? Are some editors Jack Nicklaus fans and hell bent on making sure Tiger is media blasted into the abyss? Why is a sports star who committed adultery leading the planet in news coverage when there is so much more going on across the world? How many of you have committed adultery?
Do you know how many people are committing adultery this very second?
Why is it all about the men? Women don’t cheat?
Why do we judge these people as if we know them?
Why do we objectify athletes and celebrities as if they were paper cut outs?
What about their kids?
So because they make amazing amounts of money and you don’t that’s enough to slam athletes at every turn? Being born with talent is a curse?
Is it the public’s right to know?
What information do you personally want when you pick up a paper, turn on the radio or TV or click on a link?
What is too much?
Who is at fault when gossip leads to death? Don’t say it doesn’t.
Are tabloids necessary?
Where does TSF fit in?
Please be honest. Thanks and have a great Friday.
Here’s an interesting conversation I had earlier this morning on facebook with Cynthia Marshall, Maria Sommers, Dan E. Love and Justin Walsh:
Maria Amici Sommers:
Other people’s drama is not NEWS worthy.
But do you watch it or turn it off?
Maria Amici Sommers
Off…..I have my own drama to deal with….other people’s crap doesn’t concern me. I want to know about issues that affect me…health care, taxes, war and whatever else will affect my 7 year-old daughter’s education…not who Cheeter Woods is banging…..really? ANOTHER weak unfaithful man is not news worthy.
But he’s banging women right? Yes he is married but both sexes are at fault. (Tiger Tiger Woods ya’ll 😉 Not to get sidetracked, I have to say the media is not our biggest problem its the mirror we peer into. It is the job of editors to package a product consumers will continue to come back for. I have a BIG problem with TMZ or any other outlet who gets in the way of life happening. Why has it come to this and what hope is there in an information based media if folk rather have the trash?
Maria Amici Sommers:
Trash is the correct term….a woman who doesn’t have enough respect for herself to find a man that is unattached is sad….to be blunt (since its after 9pm) dick is dick no matter how you slice it…..so its ALL about the $$. The Media is not the premier issue…its the fact that Americans do not see marriage as a spiritual commitment….its simply a financial situation that will get them to the next pay day….My question to you is…..will Tiger Wood’s infidelity pay my electric bill this month….I think not!
Hell no and writing about it isn’t gonna pay mine either but some in the media would mad beg to differ. Why do you think people in general grab on to these stories? Why do we seem to judge others in more deep ways than we do ourselves. We feed the snake plates of media fakes when we do so which ultimately exacerbates legacy falsehoods. Do you see it that way from the media outside looking in?
Maria Amici Sommers:
The average person grabs on to this crap because they are not focusing on their true purpose……Most people are willing to “overlook” their own discretions in order to validate their own self worth……Media????? Don’t get me started on those clowns….like I’ve said before it’s all about the $$$.
So when Tiger comes back, how should the media cover his first event?
Maria Amici Sommers:
Like the phenomenal professional athlete that he is. His personal life is of no consequence when it comes to placing a very tiny ball into a pretty small hole. Endorsements on the other hand are a completely different issue.
Dan E. Love:
The interwebs and television have really changed how the media covers news. Instead of being accurate, correct and credible, 99% of news outlets these days try to be “first” and realize there is more to gain by breaking “news” than being intelligent in how they cover celebrities. Sadly, the general public, for the most part, eats it up. Personally I could not care less about Tiger Woods’ personal life as long as it does not affect his play on the golf course. I don’t care about who Justin Timberlake or Jennifer Aniston is dating, but I guess a lot of people who buy magazines do. Maybe I’m old school in the respect that I don’t want to know my stars off the court/field/screen unless it affects the court/field/screen. One of the best things I read this year was SLAM’s feature on Carmelo Anthony a few months ago. The thing is, the piece revolved almost entirely around Anthony’s maturation off the court, however, after reading that, I KNEW ‘Melo was about to explode for a huge year in 09-10. These are the things I want to read. Not breaking “news” about the latest pornstar or waitress Tiger Woods is banging. I honestly don’t even find it interesting, surprising or worth discussing… I can rant all night. I hope I’m not too late to lend a helping opinion.
Dan E. Love:
Having said that, rumor has it that there are some fascinating off court/field stories about guys like A.I. that never came to light that could have done a great deal in explaining how their careers played out.. It’s a very fine line, and I suppose a story one reporter sees as relevant/newsworthy, another sees as gossip/trash.
That’s not realistic. Can’t you see the incessant camera flash when he makes his first public statement? Reporters young and old, smart and dumb, hateful and fun will be there fighting for position…press cap, recorder with pen and pad in tow. They will ask questions people wanna know with dramatic thoughts of “you reap what you sow”, meat questions to sellout the next day edition, fill a week work of tabloid bs and also the questions that make middle America feel good about themselves…the history questions that will keep him in Jack’s rear view mirror no matter how many majors he wins. The questions will heighten in scale with aims of breaking Tiger down into another man’s Toby.
Good points Dan. That last response was for Maria. Thanks.
Maria Amici Sommers:
The big question is….what will his next statement be? “I’m sorry for disgracing my family and my fans” or will it be a sell-out statement like. “I’m back to the world of Golf and I am here to be the best player I can be”. My opinion is that this man needs to take some time to focus on his wife and children…hasn’t he already made enough money? What will be his true legacy?
Maria Amici Sommers:
Dan….I’m surprised you could find anything worth reading on SLAM. Its seems as though the stuff that’s worth reading is buried so deep you need a treasure map to find it! 😉
Are tabloids necessary? If we’re talking a tabloid FORMATTED newspaper? Yeah. If we’re talking the gossip rags of National Enquirer, those worthless OK and STAR mags and the like? HELL NO. That isht is not worth a damn. Is TSF necessary? Soul is needed in journalism Tillery, and you bring a surplus of it into a game filled with sallow skinned pricks that don’t follow their own ethics. TSF is that stuff, man.
I presume you’re talking “news” media versus other: I want the truth with no “political” agenda connected to what is reported and what is avoided. I want no sensationalism and no gossip that is not truly “news.” I don’t want emotion, just the facts. I want truth without opinion UNLESS it is clear that I’m reading an OpEd piece. Too many outlets tangle news, OpEds, sensationalism and their own personal agendas. Mike….you are a gifted writer….keep it up.
Let me add…the news media are responding, often, in their way of reporting, to the lack of education of their listeners. I think that just dumbs down the next generation. Language and content has fallen down the tubes. And, sadly, it acts as a mold of sorts. With the apparent influence the media have on US citizens, I wish they would heighten expectations for their listeners in terms of worthy content and vocabulary, thus contributing to an expanded knowledge of our future generations.
Well said Cyndi. Thanks to all of you.