knapplc wrote:The leaks are the most troubling thing to me right now. But instead of focusing on this, the press is pushing yet more close-up images of the athlete in question, usually with a serious look or outright frown on their face, and painting this as a shocking story. How could Sammy have done this? Let's go back and examine his every comment in detail. Let's run clips of every interview Sammy gave regarding PEDs again. Let's play somber background music so people really get that this is serious.
Meanwhile, let's completely ignore the larger issue of where this info is coming from. But whatever. They did this with Bonds, and with Palmiero, and with Tejada, and they'll do it again when the next name is outed from this list.
Is the public in general still eating this stuff up, or do most folks grasp the reality of PED use in baseball and just ignore these "big stories" now? I'm curious.
EDIT - and it's not just baseball. People know about football players using this stuff. And I'm sure it's around in the NBA and NHL. We know. Don't we?
Sadly, the answer is that the public actually still is eating this stuff up. I'd say the Cafe is the top 1% or 2% most educated sports fans. The lower 98% completely buy whatever the media sells them. So yeah, this crap is going to work for years. Most people don't think beyond the first level of crap spewed to them by the media (I think mostly because they don't want to take the time and brain power to think)