Originally Posted by Bill B.
THANK YOU. I have been saying this from the beginning. This whole Spygate thing was blown way out of proportion from the beginning. I remember when this whole thing first came out Trey Wingo on ESPN just came right out and said "The Patriots are taking these tapes so they can study them and read the other teams signals in the second half." I am paraphrasing, but he pretty much said this without any proof to back up his statement. This has proven to be false, yet Wingo never made a retraction or correction. He was never even asked to justify that statement. Where is the journalistic integrity? Whoops! I forgot. It's ESPN.
The only thing "Trey Wingo" should mean to sports is that it is a half order for appetizers at a spanish sports bar.
Bill B, I hate even admitting this, but Spygate ruined my ability to enjoy the media, on all levels. Before Spygate, I knew there was some journalists who slanted their coverage due to relationships with teams and what not, and everybody knows how certain TV stations reveal there political leanings.....But, Spygate was an absolute ratings driven slander machine. Voices of reason, that were sympathetic to us, were hidden. Voices unsympathetic, and downright misleading were given the biggest stage.
You mention NFL Live. Forget the hosts. The guests that they gave air time too, was unbelievable. The people they allowed to spout uninformed information too included Joey Porter, Hines Ward, every player with the biggest axes to grind were given the most air time.
They had a whole hour long special with Matt Walsh's tapes, where the hosts Cris Carter, and Mark Schlerith were blatantly LYING, and SPECULATING on how the tapes were being used, with ZERO!! evidence to back their claims, and it went on for a whole hour UNCHALLENGED. Thats not journalism, thats slander, and it's the reason all Patriot fans are fighting a losing battle on the subject. After all, what sanity can we bring to the population if the national media can't or WON'T bring a balanced perspective on the story?
*As a side note to that point, and how the media knows its screwing the Patriots. During Spygate, I was listening to the Dan Patrick show, and Howie Long was the guest. Dan Patrick introduces the topic to Howie Long in a very negativly misleading tone (shocking I know). But Howie's response was to laugh, and then says to Dan, "Dan, you've been following the NFL for several years now, you know as well as I do that this practice is done in some shape or form by every NFL team, are you really surprised by this?" (I'm praphrasing, mind you). Dan Patrick pauses before he speaks and then says in a low almost embarrased voice. "Yes......I do know that" Then quickly and defiently says "But that doesn't excuse what they did!". That small exchange told me all I needed to know about what they previously know about NFL teams practices, and how selectivly they choose to report it.