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Re: “Guarded: How the Media Struggles to Cover Delonte West

Not coincidentally, vocamel, the guy was also arrested with pot last summer. A fact the ridiculous apologists conveniently never mention. What, purportedly being bipolar makes you break laws and violate NBA rules by smoking pot, too? What a self-serving farce this entire West thing is.

Posted by alan t. on 11/06/2009 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Guarded: How the Media Struggles to Cover Delonte West

Oh, come on. West comes out and says he has "bipolar disease." How many other people in America would be diagnosed with a mental illness if somebody bothered to diagnose them? I mean, I would assume most professional football players and boxers would be diagnosed with some sort of mental illness, too, don't you think? The entire idea of the job is to kill somebody. Wanting to kill somebody is "normal?"

This "give him space" stuff is crap. Report the news. That's what reporters are paid to do. Report the news. They were intending to play him. He was dressed in uniform. He was told he was going to play. Then he went nuts at a reporter. And because of that, he didn't play. That's not reportable news? Since when?

Leave the social work to the social workers. Reporters are supposed to report. And why isn't anybody outraged by the Cavaliers' goons threatening a blogger simply because it serves the Cavaliers' own interests? Not West's interests, the Cavaliers' interests. THAT is reprehensible. Corporate goons threatening a blogger for simply reporting events as they happened.

Posted by alan t. on 11/06/2009 at 1:07 AM

Re: “Guarded: How the Media Struggles to Cover Delonte West

Oh, give it a rest, ThunderCav. The media is going to "serve as a trigger for a much more serious incident?" Yes, I blame Pete Vecsey for sending that goof who shot John Lennon over the edge.

News is news. And please, cut the garbage about there being no difference between West and Albert Belle. So choose a more congenial nut if you don't want to use Belle as an example.

Journalists are supposed to completely distance their own personal feelings in their reporting. It's irrelevant if West is loved, if Belle was hated, or if West is hated, and Belle was loved. News is news. It wasn't wild gossip, it was legitimate news. It was covered up by the local media. The local blogger who had the balls to report it obviously was threatened by the Cavaliers' goons, and that's why it magically disappeared. It all stinks to high heaven.

Posted by alan t. on 11/05/2009 at 11:20 PM

Re: “Guarded: How the Media Struggles to Cover Delonte West

Sorry for the duplicate post or whatever happened here, the Scene's site suddenly went kaput, haywire and then down. I didn't know what made it up here as a post or not.

Posted by alan t. on 11/04/2009 at 11:47 PM

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Which is a major problem, Jimbo, and I have absolutely no idea why you don't recognize it. It is TOTALLY irrelevant that some reporters like West, and some reporters didn't like Belle. Who cares? Since when is the reporting of the news supposed to be based upon who finishes first in the Miss Congeniality portion of the competition?

They're both mentally ill thugs. Just one happens to usually come off more friendly than the other. The Cavaliers (with their iffy roster) need a role player like West, and nobody in their right mind thought that a hitting monster like Belle would ever re-up when his Indians contract expired, anyway.

And the Cavaliers' Sopranos-like thuggery of forcing somebody to censor their blog is all you need to know of what is really happening here. The local writers are terrified to report the truth. They're spineless.

West tells the AP's local guy Tom Withers to do who knows what to himself, and nobody has the guts to write the real reason West wasn't playing? How jounalistically limp is that?

This West thing is a prime example of Cleveland partisan cheerleading "sports reporting" at its very worst. It's spineless and a disgrace. Everybody is afraid to lose access. Everybody is afraid to be blackballed. No guts whatsoever.


































































































































































































































































































































































Which is a major problem, Jimbo, and I have absolutely no idea why you don't recognize it. It is TOTALLY irrelevant that some reporters like West, and some reporters didn't like Belle. Who cares? Since when is the reporting of the news supposed to be based upon who finishes first in the Miss Congeniality portion of the competition?

They're both mentally ill thugs. Just one happens to usually come off more friendly than the other. The Cavaliers (with their iffy roster) need a role player like West, and nobody in their right mind thought that a hitting monster like Belle would ever re-up when his Indians contract expired, anyway.

And the Cavaliers' Sopranos-like thuggery of forcing somebody to censor their blog is all you need to know of what is really happening here. Local writers who cover the Cavaliers are terrified they will be blackballed and lose access if they report the truth.





Posted by alan t. on 11/04/2009 at 11:40 PM

Re: “Guarded: How the Media Struggles to Cover Delonte West

There is ZERO difference between West's situation and Belle's situation. And let's be 100% candid here. Much of this pussyfooting around West has everything to do with the walking on eggs LeBron situation.

100% of this West stuff should have been reported, but INTENTIONALLY wasn't. Evidently, even the Cavs' front office goons got involved and told a blogger to censor the truth. THAT is outrageous.

The Northeast Ohio press is a joke. They run scared. They're intimidated by the sports franchises' front offices. No guts whatsoever.

Look, I'm not saying they should be mean or unfair, but news is news. You can't just pick and choose your stories. Otherwise, you become a cheerleader. And that's what the Northeast Ohio media is. A cheerleader. A puppet by proxy. It's a disgrace.

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Posted by alan t. on 11/04/2009 at 7:46 PM

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