If NC State wins, I am happy and I think that it is a “good thing.”
If NC State loses, I am sad and think that it is a “bad thing.”
I admit it. I am also just a fan. I am not a journalist. You are reading StateFansNation that admits our bias. You are not reading something from a site that presents itself or strives to achieve impartiality as a part of journalistic integrity.
With this said, I am shocked at how many news organizations have allowed their reporters to deterioriate the quality of their stations due to gross informality and bias.
Let me give you a specific example as a differentiating distinction.
When a good media outlet like WRAL-TV starts reporting a story, they usually set the perspective of the story up front. For example, after Saturday night’s NC State win over Miami they may have said something like, “It was the type of game that NC State fans seemed to experience in Reynolds Coliseum with regularity but that has been void in the RBC Center. But, on Saturday night Wolfpack fans were treated to an ACC Classic in a win that Sidney Lowe and his program desperately needed and the results were almost unbelievable. Jeff Gravely has more”.
You see, they set the perspective of the story as NC State-centric. They didn’t PRESUME/ASSUME that their audience were NC State fans nor did they take a personally vested position in the Wolfpack.
Before I get into this, let me explain that I understand that folks at the WWL like Stuart Scott have made delivering sports news with obscene homerism more accepted. That doesn’t mean that I have to like it. But, Scott’s localization of his love for Carolina using his presence on a national network is almost ‘accepted’ because it is his ‘schtick’. He tries to be a Carolina fan. Additionally, he ADMITS it; he doesn’t try to hide it or deny it to the public or to himself. This is different than the kind of inexcusable hidden bias that many reporters and media outlets deny because they are too biased or too dumb to recognize it. (The mainstream example here is the grossly liberal leaning mainstream media that haughtily proclaim that they cover the news in an unbiased manner. LOL!)
So, after State’s big win on Saturday night I had the ‘pleasure’ of watching a couple of sports highlight shows and was disgusted and perplexed at the manner in which the news was delivered. I thought that I would share two very disturbing situations with you.
(1) On “Sports Saturday Night” CBS WBTV-3 in Charlotte I could not believe how downtrodden and sad the woman (whose name I never got) was who delivered the Carolina-Maryland highlights Her tone of voice, little comments and general perspective were all massively pro-Carolina without just coming out and admitting it. This is where I get pissed off and actually can accept Stuart Scott; because Scott ADMITS his bias and does not hide it or ususally imbed it into something that otherwise is presented as hard news or impartial.
I know that you can’t get the sypmathetic tone and variance of emphasis on certain words from reading the following quote so I tried to give you a little commentary in parantheticals. Note the difference that WBTV just assumes that everyone is a Carolina fan and it was just a bad day for everyone! Just read this as if you were a Carolina fan delivering the news to TarheelNation and you will hit it dead on:
It is certainly the day fans knew would come eventually but wish it never did (so sad tone). North Carolina (with increasing excitement in the voice) the number one team in the country falling to Maryland at home today and breaking that undefeated streak at 18-0.
Gary Williams and Maryland – unbelievable to watch there (said with a little surprised laced prominently with disappointment) – upsetting the #1 team in the country 82-80.
Then they switched over to the Duke-Clemson highlights and started with a picture of the crowd before the game cheering the UNC score making the commment “guess who was happy about it?” in a sarcastic tone. Then she threw in a snide “Go figure?” while starting delivering the Duke highlights with significantly less conviction and emotional investment as Carolina’s highlights were delivered. OF COURSE Duke’s reaction to Carolina’s loss is worth reporting when you have a core focus on UNC and don’t realize that it is irrelevant if you aren’t so focused on the Tarheels.
Ultimately, Duke “edged out of Clemson” when the Blue Devils won by thirteen points! I guess it is all in your perspective.
By the way, after this chic admitted that she went to UNC-Charlotte during their highlights, they showed some of State’s highlights and didn’t even show Gavin Grant’s steal and winning basket! There was more significantly amazement that Carolina lost to Maryland than the manner in which NC State won.
(2) The second experience totally threw me. During ESPN’s “opening tip” to their late “Midnight Madness” show that started at 12:40am ET host Scott Reese made the following quote:
“Unbelievable finish with NC State and Miami. And I mean unbelievable in not such a good way. You’ll understand when you see how this one wound up.”
What the *#^ does that mean?
I am not kidding here. I am not leaving out any words. The only people in America that would think that the amazing game and finish on Saturday night was “not such a good” finish would be the dozen Miami basketball fans that exist, most gang members in America, and people that hate NC State. Not only would NC State fans think that they finish was great, but any impartial college basketball fan without a dog in the fight must have been scratching their hids in bewilderment when they finally saw the highlights and wondered what was NOT GOOD about that finish?
I don’t know Scott Resse. Don’t have a clue. But, he did a great job of providing us with a crystal clear example of just piss poor reporting on Saturday night.