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Adam wrote on Thu, 28 October 2021 10:53

philly boy wrote on Thu, 28 October 2021 11:14

I just... it's astounding how moronic, how utterly nonsensical if not altogether tainted these media members are. They are to a very large extent complicit in this scandal. Someone or something (an organizational body) needs to question their questioning, their ethics and their reporting on this.

This story is bad all the way down the line.

I would say it's next to impossible to believe the players didn't know or at least have an inkling—some idea—of what was going on. And if they truly didn't, it's a combination of wilful ignorance and human negligence. Not everything can or should be completely isolated. We are not all operating in compartmentalized spheres of existence.

While I don't care much of how the team does anymore (my fandom of both team and the sport have taken a heavy hit, mostly because of the "culture" of the game), I want Keith gone. They've made enough money, had enough success.


I'll step a bit to the defence of the media in that there was a member of the media who's directly responsible for a lot of the reporting on this and who didn't just let it die. I'm not sure if this happened in Edmonton that any of it would reach the light of day, or that we'd have them doing any real digging. I mean, Daryl Katz had a sensational episode with an actress who may or may not have been a bit of a grifter and despite making headlines in the US, it was never covered in either Edmonton newspaper or by any local media. There were even enough angles on the model and her paramour being pretty shady themselves that it could have been written in a way that made it look like it was a shakedown - but instead there was zero reporting on it.

That didn't happen here. Rick Westhead did a really good job on this whole story. It's pretty clear that there are people worried about the ramifications of crossing powerful people and organizations - Brent Sopel is even quoted saying that he was nervous about commenting because he didn't want it to lead to the Blackhawks somehow harming his charity for dyslexic children! And the story still got told, and it's led to some really big departures from that organization.

I do think the media here is terrible and that some, especially Spector and Rishaug, seemed to go out of their way to provide cover for Keith yesterday, with that now deleted Sportsnet video being the worst example.


Yeah Westhead did a really great job. It would have been really easy to editorialize this story in the beginning to get quick clicks, but he didn’t do that. Just reported the legal proceedings, and the responses from the parties as they came, and let the legal process play out.

Sportsnet wasn’t even touching the story for many months.



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