Media coverage of Olympics deeply conflicted

It’s always interesting watching the media cover itself. They are hypersensitive, prickly and deeply conflicted by the nature of media sponsorships. So, today’s Globe has a Stephen Brunt sports column pointing out that criticism of luger deaths, malfunctioning Olympic flames, inept judging, bad ice etc. are all quite legitimate comments. Meanwhile, the front page has a column by Gary Mason saying it’s not really all that bad, and maybe perhaps media groupthink is taking place. I like the take from Georgia Straight occasional columnist David Eby, who points out the problems and perilsĀ  of media outlets who are official sponsors of something trying to provide objective coverage of the thing they are sponsors of, and usually ending up like the Globe: it’s bad, but it’s not really.

J-Source, February 16 2010

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