Sunday, March 11, 2007
Who's Afraid? - brief update #5
Now just to get this straight: the above piece of pernicious drivel is not a blog, or a letter to the editor. That is a paid columnist denigrating an entire sport, in an absolutely infantile manner.
Would any Adelaide readers care to ask the Sunday Mail why excrement like that makes it past the sub-editor's desk?
I reiterate my usual point: this sort of thing would not be tolerated at editorial level if directed against any other major sport.
An article written by someone like him is a minor irritant but ultimately irrelevant. So someone does not like football because he prefers Aussie Rules, good - but who cares. He may as well say that he does not like avocadoes or a TV program. It does not really matter.
What matters is any media outlet placing our game at a disadvantage by ignoring it, or concentrating on negatives etc. re-enforcing the stereotypes in the general coverage of the game. As the Herald Sun and Channel 9 did.