For years we have beaten the drum here that there is a double standard with the media in our state. Here, friends, is yet another example.
Charles Goldberg is reporting today, FINALLY….a WEEK LATER…that Auburn running back Eric Smith was arrested for third degree domestic violence. Yesterday Auburn officials announced he had been dismissed from the team for breaking “an unspecified team rule.”
“Smith spent almost 12 hours at the Lee County Detention Center before being released on a $500 bond.”
This happened on February 23rd. Today is March 2nd.
So a prominent player from the recent national championship* team gets busted for his 2nd violent crime in two years and does half a day in the Lee County Detention Center, and NOBODY IN THE MEDIA CATCHES IT?
People, whether you are a tree hugger or an Alabama fan, you have to see this.
If a walk-on, back-up holder at Alabama gets arrested for jaywalking, it is the lead story that night on the news. The Birmingham News has it planted as a teaser on the front page. Rick Karle and Sheldon Haygood have to change their pants from excited anticipation. Kevin Scarbinsky is heating up his keyboard at how Nick Saban is losing control of his program in T-town.
But somehow, in Lee County and around the state media, this felony from the roid rager just flies right under the radar…for six whole days until Abarn releases a statement.
If you EVER needed proof that the state media appears to take their marching orders and talking points from the Auburn athletic department, here ya go.
So what, you say? “We can trust Auburn to give us information.” “So what if state news media are not doing any reporting but only reading what comes to them over the fax machine from AU.”
Well, remember this. You know Smith. He’s the player who cleat-kicked a defenseless Oregon player (not wearing a helmet at the time) in the face while the player laid on his back in their bowl game. Then, after “a firm a’talkin’ too” from Chiznik on the sidelines, was back in the game at his next opportunity.
So you’re going to trust honest coverage to a regime with no integrity or scruples?
I hesitate to say anything about the Lee County authorities in fear that I’ll wind up in the cell with Al from Dadeville. But can you imagine the Tuscaloosa Police keeping this under wraps for six days? Juwaan Simpson’s traffic stop was widely known before he made it to the county line. Courtney Upshaw’s “altercation” with a crazed, psycho ex-girlfriend was the talk of the town hours, not days or weeks, after it occured. Everybody knew about Rolondo McClain’s confrontation with a snotty, biggoted frat boy.
So was it kept under wraps? Or was it public record and no one from the media bothered scooping it up?
SOMEBODY knew. But strangely, noticing a pattern here, I guess we’ll never know.
Make whatever argument about why you love * university while you look the other way from their transgressions, but keep your stupid mouth shut on the FACT that the state media in Alabama is incredibly biased.