Canadian Cricket Journalism
I find the comments on the canadacricket.com Forum, from Joe Harris and Hunky Anonymous Dory, mentioning my name to be mildly amusing. They demonstrate a remarkable naiveté about the role of the media.
The job of a sports columnist, which I've been doing for 43 years, is not to be the cheerleader for ANY team. Not even the home team. The first and only duty/loyalty is to the reading public, to report as factually as humanly possible, to assess and analyse, and to provide honest, informed commentaries presented in a manner that people will read.
The gist of the
complaints from these two gentlemen is that the articles on this web site
are all negative. No "Go Canada, go" stuff ! In truth, there
has been a lot to be negative about. But to say that there has been
The REAL problem seems to be that while it is okay to be critical of the CCA ("constructive"), any criticism of players from a CERTAIN club with which these two gentlemen are familiar is, by definition, in their eyes, "destructive".
Sorry, guys, the media doesn't operate that way. There are no sacred cows in the sports pasture. You take the rough with the smooth. Now grow up.
beyond his experience as a sports journalist, has been an administrator
at all levels of Canadian cricket, including having served the interests
of Canadian cricket as President of Toronto & District Cricket League,
a Director of the Ontario Cricket Association and manager of Canadian,
Ontario and T&D teams.
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