Wednesday, October 03, 2007

The Enquirer punts

After the Bengals were embarrassed Monday night by the Patriots, Marvin Lewis said some Bengals players are playing selfish football. Who? He won't say, but you'd expect a good newspaper to get to the bottom of this, right?

Not the Enquirer. In today's big story, Bengals beat writer Mark Curnutte moans that Lewis "declined an Enquirer interview request," and that's where it ends. The best Curnutte can do is interview other reporters (John Clayton) and TV talking heads (Steve Young and Emmitt Smith), but never once does he attempt to answer who those selfish players are. On his blog, Paul Daugherty picks on Chad Johnson because he's such an easy target. But that's lazy writing, and remember than but Johnson doesn't play defense.

To identify the offending players, it takes knowledge of the game, and if you don't have that, you need to know whom to talk to. Interview somebody, watch some tape. Lewis handed the Enquirer a story line, but it doesn't appear anyone at the Enquirer knows football well enough to explain the breakdowns, nor does anyone have the sources to crack the Bengals.

Sports might be the best section in the newspaper, but not for its football coverage. This is pure mediocrity.

6 Comments:

Blogger scprideandms said...

If they does this on what is essentially a "minor" story (I know it's the Bengals but come on its a game)would they ignore a more socially significant story, come on I've seen more coverage of recent stories (example Geraldine Beasley) on out of area/state/country newspapers on the example above than on say pick any 5 examples from the Adquirer.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Enquirer's Bengals coverage has been pretty bad since Butch Hobson left. Mark Curnutte seems a nice enough fellow, but his coverage is uninformed and antiseptic. You'd think they could find someone with a little more passion for one of the prime beats in U.S. sports reporting.

But, that would require spending some money, instead of poaching some nerd from the Education beat who'll work for cheap because it's the most glamour he's ever likely to see.

10:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, News Ache, what do you think about this item? Agree or disagree with this approach?

http://citybeat.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A141945

7:53 AM  
Blogger Newsache said...

What do I think? I think any council candidate who chooses not to participate in the editorial board's blogs should be given the space to explain why. In that space I'd say I'm unwilling to participate in the Enquirer's naked grab for web traffic.

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For sale: Photo of victim and accused of LOCAL fatality. Offered on the front page of Enquirer.com. Get the hard to get photos of VICTIMS for your living room wall NOW, at a price! Lovely link: http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071006/NEWS01/710060366

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to have gone off subject but the "for sale" nature of photos on fatalities are in such poor taste that I felt it needed to be said.

Is the Enquirer in such dire straits that this sort of crap is necessary?

12:53 PM  

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