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    I got a rather lengthy e-mail today from Globe columnist Jackie MacMullan in response to my challenging her over her Jan. 7 column in which she erroneously described Asante Samuel's tattoo as saying, "Get Paid." As this was a private e-mail exchange I won't repeat it all, but essentially:

    She was very defensive and indicated that she felt she was misled by Samuel. This would suggest that she never saw the tattoo and that she interviewed him over the telephone. She also took pains to point out that Samuel never complained that he was misquoted or misrepresented by her article. I will share this interesting tidbit from her e-mail: "He knew exactly what he was doing when he said all those things, and he got the desired result he wanted, except for one little thing -- he didn't count on his teammates being ticked at him for proving to be a distraction on the day of a playoff game, which is exactly what happened. Perhaps that's why he's changed his tune about the meaning of his tattoo."

    Very, very interesting indeed, especially since she precipitated the alleged distraction by leading with Samuel's contract agitating in the Globe's football news and notes column, appearing the morning of playoff game No. 1 against the Jets. Following is my response to her response:

    Jackie,

    I appreciate your response and I'm sorry if you felt insulted by what I wrote. But as a fellow journalist I've become increasingly sensitive to the public's growing negativity toward the media, and cases like the one cited certainly don't help matters.

    Frankly, I'm surprised by your defensiveness. You reported that Samuel's tattoo says "Get Paid," and it does not. Believing your report, this further colored my opinion of the man as I know it did for many other Patriots fans. Since then others, including Mike Reiss, have carried that misinformation forward in subsequent reports.

    Apparently you interviewed Samuel over the phone and didn't see the tattoo, but if he indeed told you it said "Get Paid" and not "Get Rich To This" (which, as he later has indicated, is open to intepretation) that certainly is curious.

    This isn't as much about Samuel's manipulation of contract negotiations or intentions regarding his employment with New England as it is about inaccurate reporting unfairly coloring public perception of an individual. I don't believe it's required for the individual in question to complain about being misquoted or misrepresented for this to be an issue of concern to all involved, including your readers and yourself.
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    I got essentially the same answer from her today.

    Evidently, she thinks it's OK to write Asante has a tattoo that says "Get Paid".

    Whatever happened to journalism?
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    I am at least pleasantly surprised that Ms MacMullan thought to reply.
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    They often do if you piss them off or simply request a response. Borges made an art form out of insulting his complaining readers via return e-mail.
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    Bottom line, it was a dirt bag move by Samuel. Misrepresenting yourself by purposely deceiving others at their expense for personal gain is beneath low.
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    Why are you assuming that she's telling the truth with no deliberate, or mistaken, errors/falsehoods in her responses?
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    If Asante TOLD her that's what the tattoo said, i don't see Jackie as being at fault
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    I have noticed that none of Asante's teammates are in much of a hurry to pat him on the back after a big play. Look at the film, I don't think they like him.
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    Same here, with the possible exception of the timing of the story.
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    fantastic response.

    It reminds me of a buddy who insists that because Belichick didn't appeal Goodell's decision or make a bigger deal out of the penalty it means he must be guilty of cheating.

    When did acting or not acting a certain way become enough to prove something? Saddam Hussein sure acted like a guy who was hiding WMD, but you know what, at the end of the day, that just ain't enough.
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    This is the big mystery. It just doesn't make sense to me that she would lead her column with reference to the tattoo unless (A). she actually saw it or, (B). Samuel really told her he has a tattoo on his arm that says, "Get Paid," which is a lot different from "Get Rich To This." Another possibility is that a colleague told her Samuel has a tattoo on his arm and paraphrased what they thought it referred to. I simply have a hard time believing that Samuel intentionally misled her and she just ran with it. I'd want verification before putting that in print, it's just a tad preposterous considering Samuel's contract impasse with management.
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    Yes, he had an agenda. He did NOT have a tattoo that said "Get Paid." Two different things. Believing he had such a crass message engraved on his arm that supposedly reflected his primary motivation in life made me think differently of him.
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    This answers absolutely none of my question. You assumed she was correct/truthful before, when she wasn't. Why assume she's correct/truthful now? This is ridiculous. The screwed the pooch on a story and should go public with a fact-based explanation.
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    I get you point...Media bad, Patriots players good
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    That's not the issue, the issue is the media getting it right regardless -- that's their responsibility. And if that somehow doesn't happen, their responsibility extends to setting the record straight.
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    I didn't say that in any way, shape, manner or form. Are you McMullan's relative or something? Bottom line:

    A reporter "reported" a falsehood, and has not yet shown how that mistake was made. It may have happened because the player, or someone else, lied to her. It may have happened because of a miscommunication. It may have happened because she misunderstood her own notes. It may have happened because she deliberately printed the wrong thing.

    Now, I doubt it was the last possibility I mentioned, but we don't know that for sure. Furthermore, there's no evidence of how it happened, but we do know that this is a matter of someone trying to cover her ass for a pretty stupid gaff.
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    Poor poor Jackie M......she was duped she claims - or was she?? Perhaps she just didn't take the time to confirm and verify her story, pretty basic stuff I would think.

    Seems to me justice may have been served here for years of all the poison ink flowing from her pen.

    Did she have to to print that story on that day.

    Did she think she was going to endear herself to Patriot fans??

    Did she think this was a Pulitzer move to save old news and print it on the eve of a playoff run??

    What exactly was the point? Why didn't you write the story the day you conducted the interview?

    Sorry Jackie, I used to respect you as a journalist but you sure did lose me that day.

    You were misled by Asante, so you say, well I say, if so, you got what you deserved.

    You and your cutesy little buddies like Felger, Shaugnessey, Cafardo, Borges, etc are all alike - you try to prey on the misfortune of the players from the teams that we the fans choose to follow and then you all make fun of us. I have heard you and your brethren talk about and poke fun at guys like me that choose to use sports as a clean and fun escape.

    Well good for you, I don't read you or your paper very much anymore, you bit the hand that fed you once too often.
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    Wait a second!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Jackie MacMullan is quoted by Tunescribe as having written this in her e-mail to him:

    ".........and he got the desired result he wanted, except for one little thing -- he didn't count on his teammates being ticked at him for proving to be a distraction on the day of a playoff game, which is exactly what happened."

    Question: Wasn't her interview with him over TWO WEEKS prior to the GLOBE publishing that story on the day of the game????????????????

    Why is she throwing him under the bus for the timing of the appearance of that story, when it was the GLOBE that timed it???????
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    I made that point in my original post, that she precipitated the very thing she's blaming Samuel for. But, I had no idea the interview occurred two weeks before it was printed. Is there reference to that in her story? I'll re-read it but if not, where did you hear that?
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    There's NO reference to that in her original story - - if there was, I'd have at least some respect for the article (and only be disappointed at the "Get Paid" fabrication). It was pointed out in the aftermath (once the story was printed) that she had interviewed him weeks before and that the Globe decided to publish it the day of the first playoff game.

    I'll try to get a link on it.
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    Greasy headed Jackie sat on the story for 2 months and reported it on the morning of a big playoff game....despicable
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    No, it's about printing what is true as opposed to what is not, about printing something with a negative connotation when in actuality there really is a positive connotation, and then not coming out and saying, "I was wrong."

    Get Paid vs. Get Rich to This. Not the same, now is it?

    If she did an article on you, and said you have some boys you play with that cost you a lot of money, it's not the same as saying you have some expensive toys, now is it.

    And having said in the newspaper that you like boys, the paper ought to print the truth when they found it out.
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    Amazing how stupid they think the readers are. If that isn't an anti-Patriots agenda, I don't know what is.

    Thanks, Shmess. OK, direct from the horse's mouth. Assuming Asante wasn't "lying again," this makes MacMullan look quite pathetic.
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    Yeah, nowhere in that piece did it say Asante told her anything about the tattoo. For all we know he told her exactly what it said and she interpreted it how she saw fit. Considering her defensive reply, I'd tend to lean towards that explanation.
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    However, Jackie Mac may have something on Asante for ALSO being manipulative as to the timing of the publishing of the article:

    From Bostonsportsmedia.com's excellent David Scott:

    http://www.bostonsportsmedia.com/archives/shots/2007_01.php

    Just a quick follow-up on the Asante Samuel/Jackie MacMullan ‘saga’, as it were.

    It appears that Samuel was not entirely truthful when he told Julian Benbow the JMack interview took place “three or four weeks ago” ( as he did in Benbow’s Globe story from Monday).

    Shots has been told by separate Pats' beat insiders that the first sit-down took place closer to 10 days ago (around the run-up to the Titans game). There was also, we have been informed, two follow-ups to the original sit-down.

    Further, it seems the Patriots had a PR staff member sit in on the initial interview. It is doubtful, however, that the follow-ups between Samuel and MacMullan were “supervised.” (Don’t even get us started on the disdain we have for organizations that insist – or even ask – for permission to sit in on a one-on-one interview. By definition, it would no longer be a one-on-one.)

    So, to summarize, this was, in near certainty, a calculated move by Samuel to get his message out on the day he could be guaranteed the most eyeballs. Both Samuel and the Globe got what they wanted out of it and in the end, both The Player and The Paper did exactly what they are supposed to do: create buzz.

    Samuel's faulty recollection on when the interview(s) took place only brings into question his modus operandi in his effort to Get Paid.

    . . . One reader reminded us of a similar circumstance involving MacMullan from earlier this season when, in August, she went to interview Adam Vinatieri for a takeout piece, but wound up getting some next-day news when Vinatieri made comments like this one: “I understand the business. I'm not naive. But [2004] was a good time to get a long-term deal done. I wish they had.”

    MacMullan didn’t hold those comments for the feature she was working on, but she did hold Samuel’s, which may suggest there were parameters in place before Samuel would talk “exclusively” with JMack. Happens all the time, of course, but again gets into the transparency issue we referenced earlier today. Inform the reader of when the interviews took place and under what conditions, if any.
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    Here is Bruce Allen's take on it from the day before Scott's Shots:

    http://www.bostonsportsmedia.com/archives/2007/01/a_few_thoughts_left_from.php

    Jackie MacMullan's piece on Asante Samuel was a good read, but I've got to question the Globe on their timing on running the feature. As you probably know, the story contains a number of pretty inflammatory comments from Samuel on his frustration about the lack of progress being made on getting him a new contract. Samuel is quoted as follows in the piece:

    "What they offered isn't even worth discussing. It's disappointing. You want to believe they know what you've done. So you hope for the best, but you end up feeling underappreciated. You feel disrespected, especially how they come at you with so much negative stuff. They show you such a low regard."

    In this morning's Globe, Julian Benbow has Samuel quoted as saying that he gave those quotes in MacMullan's piece "three or four weeks ago."

    Three or four weeks ago? Let me get this straight. MacMullan and the Globe have had these quotes in their hip pocket for up to a month now, and they choose to hold it, and run the feature as their main story on the day of the Patriots first playoff game?

    Now, I'm can already hear someone misinterpreting this criticism and accusing me of saying that they shouldn't have run the quotes from a guy that is unhappy with his contract. That's not the issue. I don't have a problem with the questions, or the running of the answers in the piece. What I have an issue with is saving them up to run on the day of the first playoff game.

    They couldn't have just wanted to stir things up, could they? Create a controversy? Nah.
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    So, she was actually in the room with him and she STILL didn't get the tattoo right? :confused:
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    "Excuse me Mr. Samuel, can you drop your pants and shoe me your right ass cheek....... Oh never mind, I'll just make something up even though the 52 other players that you shower with will know what your ass cheek really says."
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