Fashion (false) Emergency

This story on MSNBC sets a new low (no pun intended) for shoddy journalism. The headline, "Dodgers’ Lowe surprised by jersey flap" and the photo caption "Lowe, who pitches for the Dodgers, angered some by wearing a Boston jersey", is followed by a story in which not a single person objecting to Lowe’s choice of shirt is quoted or named. Instead, the article refers to the "controversy" as a "subject of debate on sports talk radio and television".  When players complain that the media is making something big out of nothing, it’s usually laughable egomania or apparent delusion.  On the other hand, it is non-stories like this, thrown up on the front page of major news sites, that make the players’ paranoia justified.  The best the writer of this story can do for on-the-record quotes are Jim Tracy (Lowe’s new manager) and Odalis Perez and Scott Erickson, fellow pitchers, all of whom support Lowe’s sartorial choice.  Says Perez, "If that happened to me, I would (wear the jersey), too". 

Shame on MSNBC and the AP for running with this crap.

5 comments… add one
  • Shame Shame Shame!

    YF April 12, 2005, 6:08 pm
  • Lowe Jersey Controversy, I’d like you to meet Mariano Rivera Boo Brouhaha. I’m sure you two overblown media controversies will get along juuuuust fiiiiiine.

    Clay April 12, 2005, 6:35 pm
  • Hey people, there’s a growing Red Sox backlash! Turns out the rest of the nation is growing sick of the world’s most narcissistic fanbase. Check out ESPN’s page 2 for 86 reasons to hate the Red Sox. Finally, some much needed perspective from a non-Red Sox and non-Yankee fan.

    Nick April 12, 2005, 7:09 pm
  • Who cares about non-Red Sox and non-Yankees fans? ;)

    SF April 12, 2005, 7:56 pm
  • … “non-Red Sox and non-Yankees fans”
    Whaaaaa? I don’t understand that. How can that be?

    Clay April 13, 2005, 11:24 am

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