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Postby scr » Sat May 26, 2007 3:19 pm

deerayfan072 wrote:In the interest of fairness to Dukes. I am going to do more research and write about it from what i percieve as fair and balanced. I think it is the fair thing to do.




Perhaps you can teach the SPT beat writers and Mr. Neyer a thing or two about presenting the entire story. I'm glad to see you have taken this step. It's refreshing.

For the record, I am not an apologist nor defender of Elijah Dukes. I can't be, as I do not know the man (nor am I privy to the sensitivities of this matter). You have read my posts on this site, and on every occasion, I'd like to think I am simply a defender of the whole truth, regardless of the subject matter.

I did not see a response to my thoughts on the over-reaching Tampa Bay media thread. Do you feel that the negativity does not effect the franchise? Perhaps you are not in a position to comment.

In any event, for what it is worth, you are doing the right thing (IMHO).
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Postby raiders_umpire » Sat May 26, 2007 4:56 pm

deerayfan072 wrote:In the interest of fairness to Dukes. I am going to do more research and write about it from what i percieve as fair and balanced. I think it is the fair thing to do.



I think that is the honorable thing to do. In fact you guys should be sporting my new Dukes sig that I got made just because of all of this crap.
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Postby scr » Sat May 26, 2007 5:03 pm

The quid pro quo or symbiotic relationships that exist between the media and a major league baseball franchise can only succeed when both parties provide services and revenues for the other.

In the instance of the SPT, it would appear that it's beat writers agenda is so detrimental to the health of the franchise that the viability of the Rays could be in question. This agenda, which appears to be harshly evident in the opinions offered by the SPT over the past two years, has ceased to provide any benefit to the Rays. If anything, the SPT could be responsible for certain attendance issues. For instance, would you wish to take your family to a Rays game knowing their DH/CF'er is the poster child for spousal abuse?

Not likely.

If the SPT was fair in it's repeated opinions (there is never a drought of negative opinions "offered" by such high esteemed professionals on their (the SPT) staff), I'd have nothing to say. It is clear to me, an independent outsider, that they (the SPT) have crossed far beyond the line of fair journalism and into the tabloid genre of gossip mongering.

Accordingly, "playing the game" may no longer be an option. Thinking outside the box may require the Rays to commence action of there own. Contacting third party revenue sources of the SPT, stating the case of fair journalism, may provide an incentive to said advertisers to cease doing business with the SPT.

After all, what advertiser wants to be associated with a reckless media outlet? Such an association would put the veracity of the advertiser's product in question.

Sometimes we must stand up and draw the line for fairness-for the sake of the organization, mlb, and ourselves.

As an aside, comparing the Dukes situation with Josh's situation was inaccurate (and unfair) on my part. My apologies to the DFO.
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