October 18, 2005, - 9:45 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Who says a lack of journalistic ethics is exclusive to Dan Rather and CBS News, David Shepardson and Gregg Krupa and The Detroit News, and Jack Kelley and Stephanie Armour at USA Today?
Sometimes sports reporters show they are equally afflicted.
Take Sports Illustrated writer Michael Bamberger. He’s the reason golfer newly-pro Michelle Wie was disqualified from Sunday’s LPGA Samsung World Championship golf tournament. Bamberger became part of the story when he snitched to LPGA rules officials about Wie’s miscounting of strokes at the 7th hole. And his editor told him to do it.
Remember that the next time you read Sports Illustrated or Bamberger’s work. They don’t just report and let you decide. They decide, then report it–after they’ve created the story.
It’s just another example of how the “Mainstream Media” create news, not just report it. Today, a women’s golf tournament. Tomorrow (and Yesterday), something more serious, like staging a Palestinian youth’s alleged “murder” by Israelis (Mohammed Al-Dura, anyone?).
Another part of the story: Jealous, masculine-looking LPGA players–who’ve done everything in the past to whine about and try to keep the feminine, skilled Wie out–may be gloating that Bamberger got Wie DQ’ed (disqualified, not Dairy Queened). But no matter. She still got all the publicity (as she will in the future) and you can bet, she won’t screw up the scoring again.
Wie is the only reason women’s golf has seen a recent rise in ratings. It’s not the others–who’ve put the “L” in LPGA.
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