Just How Powerful Are The Sports Media?

Tomorrow, memorial day, May 30, is a special day at chateau TSM. 12 years ago (gulp) Mrs. TSM and I tied the knot. Little did I know that when she tied it, she did so with a double knot.

In any event, I’ve had some interesting conversations with several MSMers over the last couple of days, talking about various issues and without the topic being a focal point of any specific discussion it has become apparent to me anyways that there are those in the Toronto MSM who believe that some of their fellow media members have in the past ( I can’t comment on the future) either gone out of their way to try to have a coach or GM fired or more interestingly to protect a coach or GM.

Several members of the media said to me that they are sure that more than a couple media members have tempered their criticism of certain individuals for fear that writing their true opinion would, could or should lead to that coach or gm being fired.

We’ve all read, watched or listened to various MSMers take on a coach, GM or player in an overly personal manner. There have been countless examples that come to mind where a media member wrote or spoke with a certain tone about a coach, player or GM, where we knew that there was total dislike on a personal level.

Maybe I am wrong, but it gets more difficult when I try to think of MSMers not saying or writing things to protect someone.

As I listened more intently over the last couple of weeks, it seems that is more the norm than I ever would have imagined. What surprises me is that how the reporting is being done with either a positive or negative bias could have any real effect here in Toronto. I mean, I never really thought that how any specific reporter reports could influence the actions or opinions of ownership or management (with respect to players or coaches).

So this leaves me with a couple of questions for you. First, just how powerful do you think our local media is in Toronto, could they get someone hired, fired or prevent a termination? Do you think that there are certain members of the sports media who would allow their personal likes or dislikes to taint their work? Of course, if you do think so, who are you thinking about and what examples do you have?

More later

The best article I read this weekend was by Vinay Menon on Don Cherry. You know I am not a huge Cherry fan, but I will tell you that it was a great read with lots of behind the scenes stuff.



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