3.6.14 @ 9:06p
As a lot of 49ers fans know, the local media has recently been bashing our beloved coach and team. I and other 49ers fans are incredibly sensitive, emotionally involved, and therefore biased probably on most negative reports or unwanted news about the 49ers. If journalist are doing their job then we should not shoot the messenger, or not trust someone who is knowledgeable and more importantly credible, AND who is reporting facts and not fabrications. Speculation is not journalism and misleading readers to follow stories that have false reports and exaggerations in pursuit of selling papers, or possibly now getting more “hits” on blogs and newspaper sites. Mike Florio is a perfect example of a journalist, or at least maybe was one once, who sold out to make big headlines. He reported a hollow story about a trade between the 49ers and the Cleveland Browns for Jim Harbaugh and draft picks. Later it was reported that the conversation between Jed York, the 49ers owner, and Jim Haslem, the Cleveland Browns owner, lasted a total of about 15 minutes. That’s not a serious discussion, hardly a report that should be portrayed as almost happening, but which report gets more attention and therefore more money?
Journalism is dead. I understand that attracting readers is part of the industry, but at what cost? Journalists who go out and find out the facts through and through, and hold themselves accountable for their very forgiving mistakes, not misleads, and earn our trust, hearts, minds, emotions, and to the very least our attention to whatever story that journalist chooses to write. Any smart journalist or newspaper, hell even tv network should value this as pure gold that has readers constantly seeking their articles. And not because we hate them, but because we trust them.
John Stewart is the best example of this.
It’s sad and scary when you see what damage the media can do with its thirst for money. Local journalist can even put pressure on a team, even as strong as a team as the 49ers franchise. Ray Ratto, Ann Killion and Tim Kawakami have formed a three headed media monster that breathes out SPECULATION FIRE!!!! For the past two weeks this monster has put one speculative report after another, ever since Mr. Florio’s report. That is part of the problem, maybe not everything was perfect within the 49ers organization, but nothing to this measure has there been any problems this catastrophic before Florio’s story. Local journalists have the advantage of being close to the teams they cover. So where the hell have they been? Why does it feel like these journalists are hiding behind “media blanket” that has been established by the collective media, so that now any individual journalist can say whatever bullshit they want. Why? Very good kiddies!!! Money!!! SHOW ME THE MONNNNAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!!!!! I think now that this kind of chaotic journalism is not a result of reports snowballing each other, as I have said Tony Kornheiser from ESPN has explained in a recent past post, but that journalists strike when the opportunity is there. They have agendas and it does not include telling the truth.
Below is an e-mail thread between Ann Killion and I. Ann Killion is a very distinguished and award-winning journalist. Today and don’t know what the hell that means. My lesson from this is that if you write to a journalist via email they WILL respond, even though it may be an intern, and my other lesson is to write respectively, and knowledgeably supported by good argument (whether I think another party will read or not.) My writing cannot be a venting mechanism anymore. I apologize for my aggressive demeanor and language in my email below, again I am very upset by this whole media circus and war against Jim Harbaugh.
Again, yes again, I’m on a roll with this saying….. Anyway, I am emotionally invested as a die hard Niner fan. Please don’t think every journalist is like how I described above. Take everything I say with salt and follow it with your own thoughts and experiences. Their are many good, trustworthy writers out there, and right here I am promising myself and more importantly to my readers that I will be one of them. If I want readers, I’m doing it the John Stewart way.
For three years local journalists have not reported problems between Harbaugh, Baalke and Jed York to the degree that has led some to believe Harbaugh is on his way out. Ann Killion reported recently with this story http://www.sfgate.com/49ers/article/Harbaugh-saga-promises-to-dominate-49ers-season-5281408.php, sorry if that didn’t work. She reports though how players on the 49ers have gotten tired of Harbaugh and want him out too. I had enough, so enjoy or I’m sorry. :)
From: Killion, Ann E [mailto:AKillion@sfchronicle.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2014 8:28 AM
Subject: RE: Why so negative?
Thank you for the email.
From: Administration [A@zconbuilders.com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2014 5:05 PM
To: Killion, Ann E
Subject: Why so negative?
I have not found one positive story on the 49ers from you yet. I have even visited your blog and three years back you were the same. Your story titled: “Disingenuous Jed & his inhouse 49ers hire” makes you look like an idiot today. Can you tell me who was the 2011 NFL Executive of the year, you know, the same year you wrote that bs? And now it’s new bs from you. I as a reader am going to hold you ACCOUNTABLE for the stuff you write. This is not a threat, but either through boycotting your work, or talking shit about you all over the web, I’ll do it.
I am going to hold you accountable for your most recent bs story on the Niners titled: “Harbaugh saga promises to dominate 49ers’ season”. What KEY PLAYERS? What KNOWLEDGEABLE INSIDE SOURCE? Since it is in your title I will hold you accountable for this story through the 2014 season. The season when we finally win the Super Bowl.
Looking back at your past articles are reassuring and is also why I am so bold to call us Super Bowl Champs within a year. You were wrong about Trent, Jim, and Jed then, and guess what? you are now too. If Trent Baalke the unproven “in-house hire blah blah blah” was voted as Executive of the Year that very same year, then guess what, the 49ers will win the Super Bowl this year. I know you’re a journalist who went to UCLA and Columbia and all that good shit, but how do you speak with such authority when you speak out of your ass? Is that how you’re still considered a credible journalist, because there is no dialogue and accountability? You just throw shit up on the wall and see what sticks? Is that journalism? Would you like me to find an application from FOXNEWS for you? HMMM?
YOU STARTED A WAR WITH NINER NATION, GOOD LUCK.
Ambassador of Niner Nation (wink)
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