Actually I was just watching Fox Sports World (which seems to be a Brit dominated channel) and they actually showed Mickey Grimes's race and covered his DQ. Of course we always get the negative press. They NEVER would have shown his Pan Am victory just for its own sake.
Yes, but the point is well taken. My local paper had a fairly long story the other day from Santo Domingo. The headline and the top of the story dealt with Vriesde's dq in the women's 800. The rest was mainly about the US team's efforts in all sports. Obviously, Vriesde's name hadn't appeared in the paper when all they had to say about her was that she won the 800.
It's cheap, shitty journalism, but that's the way the world works these days.
One of the reasons why track and field gets a lot of negative press is because the media take great pleasure in seeing the moralistic take a fall.
Track and field has relatively stringent drug testing, automatic computerized timing, reaction sensors on our starting blocks, wind guages. We are so trying to be perfect. Years ago, TF was an noble "amateur" sport, above all the riff-raff who get paid to play. We toil to perfect our craft and we wouldn't think of being paid, we do it for the love of the sport.
Other sports do not have as stringent of drug policies. If they somehow fail a test, the media usually whips right through it, and moves on. Their expectations, moralistically of those sports are low, so drug testing is not the lead story with those sports.
In the world of sports entertainment, TF has become too complex for the average person to handle. Problem is, for those that might become interested, if exposed to it, do not get any looks at it because the media chooses not to cover it well.
If the goal is better coverage, then meets would have to have fewer events, and move much more quickly.
Drug testing: now that's an issue! Can't do it justice at 5:50 a.m.!
It's not only the negative reporting and it's not only T&F. For some reason television people think that the competition is not exciting enough on it's own and have to "improve" it by stories, highlights from the past, idiotic, senseless interviews, so there is no competition left of that precious little that there was to start with. And they all do it. Ever since Roone Arledge "revolutionized" TV coverage, it's been downhill to this day.
All we had in our local paper was a peice about James Parker (Hammer), who was a standout at a local high school and college. That's typical coverage, though. They only mention outstanding performances by locals--very little (if anything) about the rest of the meet.
Now, if you're talking about Fox News,
>I'm with you.
The other day on Conan O'Brien, he began a joke with "According to Fox News Channel -- and they're always right --" and the audience broke out laughing before he could finish the joke. He thought it was hilarious that they thought that was the whole joke!