2012-02-09 / Sam Bari

Elite media – the biggest Super Bowl losers

BY SAM BARI BY SAM BARI The New England Patriots and their fans were unfortunately disappointed at the outcome of the game on Super Bowl Sunday. The contest could have gone either way. But both the Giants and the Patriots had a major win. They prevailed over the so-called elite media.

In their relentless campaign to sensationalize newsworthy and not-so-newsworthy events and create controversy whenever possible, big media lost badly when they focused their efforts on pitting the Patriots against the Giants in a trash-talking verbal battle.

Tom Brady and Eli Manning are too classy and too gentlemanly to allow cliché-spewing, grammatically inept sports reporters suck them into the gutter by baiting them to make even the smallest unsportsmanlike comments.

The best the big papers could claim was quoting Tom Brady at a Foxboro pep rally when he said, “Hopefully we have a lot more people at our party next weekend” – trash talk in its mildest form.

On the other side of the ball, Giants’ safety Antrel Rolle was quoted as saying, “We’re going to win this thing.” Not exactly words that warrant drawn pistols and swords.

Before the game, players from both teams showed tremendous respect for each other by saying things like, “They’re a great football team. It’s going to be a tough game,” and “It will be close; nobody’s going to walk off the field with a huge win.” Those remarks and similar comments came from both players and coaches of the Pats and Giants. Brady and Manning had nothing but praise for one another’s abilities.

In my opinion, that was the greatest win of the day. The Super Bowl was a respectable contest between two first-class teams that gave fans their money’s worth. As hard as the dreaded media tried, they couldn’t succeed in dragging the teams and the sport into their vitriolic sewer.

It’s too bad that our country’s politicians can’t follow the Pats and Giants example. The elite media is having a field day covering the caucuses for the upcoming presidential election. It is what they do best.

After reading reports from the biggest papers in New York, Washington, Miami and Boston, I have yet to find any verbiage that covers anything of substance that the candidates said. Not one report gave readers a reason to consider electing a candidate.

One paper did report that Mitt Romney made comments about how Mr. Obama did not live up to his promises of turning the economy around, and that he (Romney) would rectify the country’s economic problems if he were elected president. As good as that sounded, he never said anything about how he planned to accomplish that task. If he did, his methodology was not reported.

Apparently, the only news worth reporting at any of the caucuses was the personal mudslinging and caustic remarks made by the candidates in their efforts to discredit one another. If the media moguls were sent licking their proverbial wounds from the Super Bowl for lack of sensationalized news, the political arena certainly filled that void.

One would think that our country’s leaders have done enough to weaken our image in the eyes of the world. Big media doesn’t seem to think so. They love to air our dirty laundry to make the land of the free look like the land of the immature and confused.

The media has done such a thorough job of making the Republican candidates look like a consortium of buffoons, that when election time mercifully rolls around, the candidates will be lucky to even be considered as worthy of running. The infighting in the party as reported by the press is so intense that party unity appears to be a grossly overrated concept.

When a candidate finally emerges to represent the Republican Party, do they really think that the public will believe the party is no longer dysfunctional after the drubbing it suffered from the press during the primaries?

The pre-election coverage is unconscionable. What happened to the concept that defined the duties of the news media as a resource that informed and educated its readers and viewers about issues and events that affected their lives?

That’s why I like writing for local newspapers. They are not obsessed with making news at any cost. They still attempt to sell accurate information.

Nonetheless, kudos to the Patriots and Giants for a major win over the insufferable vermin that comprises big media.

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