The Charlotte Observer ran a feature article about college football prospect, Robert Quinn today. To the side of the conclusion of the article on page 3C the Observer listed their Top 50 recruits in North Carolina and South Carolina. Why would I be surprised that they listed RJ Mattes as uncommitted with seven potential schools when Mattes publicly committed to NC State eight days ago and has called every coach recruiting him and asked them to stop their recruitment?
Any time that we criticize the media we invariably receive a snide remark from someone who doesn’t understand our point and incorrectly assumes that we are accusing the media of a ‘conspiracy’ (despite the fact that we never mention the word ‘conspiracy’). You can click here for our most recent media-based discussions that is one of the five most popular stories on the blog this month.
Let me help those of you that don’t get it – outlets like the Charlotte Observer are not a part of some ‘conspiracy’ to get NC State. Outlets like the Charlotte Observer are just not very good at what they do. It is called incompetence, not a conspiracy. Add to that a blatant longstanding and uncontestable bias towards certain schools and you have a recipe for that incompetence to manifest itself more
Here is a great little example. Because the center of attention and perspective of the Charlotte Observer is the UNC-Chapel Hill Athletics Department, if RJ Mattes had committed to UNC more than a week ago do you really think that they would not have known about it and covered it? Of course someone in that department would have known about Mattes’ commitment.
But, since they don’t cover all schools equally, they don’t know the news of all schools equally.
Again, it is NOT a conspiracy. Just a simple place in the road where biased perspective intersects with incompetence.