The amazing disappearing blog post

Today’s Paul Finebaum radio program broached several topics of interest to Alabama fans, and all of them related to the magical disappearing blog of Gentry Estes.

Estes posted this blog entry Saturday evening, which was taken off the al.com website sometime Monday. The post bemoaned the fact that the media was excluded from Alabama’s scrimmage. Estes post stated the obvious, that Nick Saban limits access to his practice sessions.

It isn’t news. We’ve known that for months.

”It’s not that I’m complaining,”Estes wrote.

Yes you are. Just admit it. Saban doesn’t have time for your shit. And that just gauls some sportswriters. There are several beat writers who are furious at how Saban operates; they voice their displeasure via columns, and insidious gossip.

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Other sportswriters have noticed it, and even commented on the obvious dislike for Saban by the Alabama beat reporters.

What the public doesn’t like, and I don’t care for are crybaby sportswriters. You’ve got a difficult job—but it isn’t like you’ve got to do real reporting. It isn’t investigative reporting where you have to dig for documents or find sources who are afraid to talk out of fear of reprisal. It isn’t dangerous reporting where an indicted man threatens you or one of your female writers covering the police beat. Sportswriters don’t even write about the important things—after all it is just a game.

When a sportswriter cries about having trouble getting a story, it just makes him sound lazy. If the story isn’t served up to you on a silver platter with easy access, how about doing some…I don’t know…reporting. Dig. Earn your salary.

While discussing the Estes blog, Finebaum talked with Randy Kennedy, sports editor of the Mobile Press-Register. Kennedy’s interview can be heard at this link. It is useful conversation because Kennedy explains the relationship between the blogs on al.com and the newspaper.

Kennedy said the blog post was pulled by Estes, and there was no outside pressure from UA. So then, what caused the blog post to be pulled? A negative public reaction to the Estes blog post. “We just decided it was more trouble than it was worth…this was not necessarily the battle he wanted to pick with the people who were supposed to be our customers.” Kennedy said.

What? Your customers want to read the truth. They don’t want it censored by the mob. If you believe something to be true then stick by it.

Vox populi, Vox dei may be the closest thing to truth when dealing with politics, but the voice of the mob isn’t a substitute for hard facts.

Alabama fans can be a fickle bunch. For weeks and months in 2006, Alabama fans were calling me names and ridiculing my plea for the ouster of Mike Shula.

Once MSU happened, that changed. It was easier to call for Shula’s termination—but it would still get me labeled an Auburn of Tennessee fan. Today, everybody wanted Shula fired.

Fans are fickle. But this illustrates a point. Fans appreciate honesty, and sincerity. If you take the easy course and say the popular things, then how can we trust you?

If this is what really happened, then this is a serious mark against the credibility of the newspaper and al.com.