The media plays an important role as an independent check on any organization that it's covering. They're always disparaged, and 90% of the time they deserve it, but when they're doing their job everybody is thankful. I'm sure, if they tried, everyone here can think of a time in which the public was introduced to some (very important) piece of information because a journalist was out there doing his or her job. So this senseless media bashing is exactly that.
Having said that, I do think that there's some merit to this article. If only to point out the utter ineptness of the local sports media, in particular. Put aside the bloggers (I know, it's just opinion), or free agency preferences (I know, they're subjective), and all the recent stuff. Set it aside. And even then the recent loss of Tom Renney and hiring of Tony Granato got me thinking...do any of you recall seeing a single article about the decline of our powerplay? Anybody remember that ever being a question asked of Babs or Holland? This is just one example, I know, but our powerplay has been getting worse each year for a while now. One of the justifications for signing Quincey, Sammy, and Alfie was that these guys would help on the powerplay. The Detroit sports media regurgitated that fact ad nauseam. And then...no results, and nobody asked a single question. And this isn't something that involves much subjectivity the way free agency or trades do. This is a fact. The powerplay stinks. And nobody bothers to find out why. If it's brought up at all, it's only to say "the powerplay is bad, here's Babs' or Hollands' ready made quote on the subject", which nobody bothers to follow up on. Would it have killed someone over at Mlive to put in a call to Red Berensen, or Terry Murray, and see if they had any thoughts...ya know...being experts on the subject and all? That's bad journalism.
But can you really blame Khan, St. James, etc. for not asking? Fans don't want that story. Hell, the one and only writer in Detroit who isn't afraid to write unpopular articles (Drew Sharpe) is attacked endlessly by fans for being a troll, and then they complain about how no writers are willing to go against the grain. Hmmm.
Sammy didn't play at all due to injuries, Alfie did help the powerplay while he was healthy and I never recall signing Quincey to help the power play. WTF do you expect Babs or Holland to say? Well, gee Keets, the powerplay sucks because Kenny isn't getting me quality players. It has nothing to do with my ability to coach. Or gee, that Renney clown has totally sucked ass and hasn't done a damn thing to help out this PP. When guys like Tortorella ARE actually honest and berate others publicly, fans have a fit and it generally isn't received well be management. And who gives a flying f*** what Red Berensen's opinion of the Wings PP is? He's a college coach that's a thousand years old. Mickey Redmond often gives his opinion on things like this, as it is his job, and usually does so honestly without being overly critical of the organization that employs him.
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