Journalist “Hate” On DisplayJanuary 5th, 2013
Longtime readers here know Joe is a student and critic of all things Bucs football, and that includes how the team is viewed by national and local media, from opinion writers to ex-player talking heads to allegedly unbiased journalists.
So it was notable to Joe when Bucs beat writer Stephen Holder expressed “hate” for the way Team Glazer operates with media.
And it was a real stunner considering the reader/commenter, during a TampaBay.com live chat Friday, never asked Holder for his opinion on access to Team Glazer, nor did the reader/commenter offer his own opinion on that topic. Holder simply felt compelled to express a little “hate.”
Comment From George Steele: Has any reporter ever asked the Glazers whether they would admit that they were trying to run this team on the cheap the last few years. The whole “building through the draft” thing was obviously a ruse for them to spend as little money as possible. Once they went out and spent money on some top quality free agents this year we saw what an immediate difference it made. I think they are going to have a hard time filling the stadium for a while given the way they ran the team for so long.
Stephen F. Holder: I think I might phrase it a little differently if so, but I hear you. The Glazers, for the most part, don’t do interviews. And it’s not for a lack of us trying. I hate it as much as you do
So what does it mean or matter if a supposedly unbiased beat writer has true ”hate” for an aspect of the team he or she covers? Joe’s not sure. But expressing it in a public forum without being prompted probably means the “hate” has reached a troubling level and could affect objectivity.
For the record, Team Glazer does interviews a few times a year in recent years, the next one likely being their traditional state-of-the-team extended sit-down at the NFL Owners meetings in March. Joe gets how his colleagues want more access, but Joe thinks there’s surely enough access to not invoke extreme emotions like “hate.”