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@John at MrSEC I agree he could have approached it a different way. Hell, I wish I would have approached a 'conversation' I had with my wife 3 hours ago differently. That's why i'm on the couch with the laptop and she's pissed off in bed. It's fun to be judgmental in retrospect.
I also agree that fans like to hear only the positives and ignore the negatives about their team. But I think you underestimate most true college football fans. We like to take the good and the bad as long as based off hard facts. I frequent this site because of a nice dose objectivity you guys have.
I apologize if any responses I had came off bickering. I would prefer this be a moot conversation and focus on October. The Gamecocks have enough to worry about this month instead of defending the next Ron Morris article on how Spurrier hired a doppelganger that knew how to do the 'Cha Cha Slide' to recruit Marcus Lattimore a few years ago.
2 years ago on Doyel: Spurrier Needs To Worry About Coaching, Not The Media
The funny thing is, there is a lot of Gamecock media that's on Ron Morris' side as well because they believe they have slighted them with the silence. What if Spurrier returned the favor and simply just started spitting out out-right lies, garbage quotes, and non-sense for them to put in their column during a press conference? Wouldn't that be a little vindication and a more appropriate response to Ron Morris?
@John at MrSEC @vehemon Didn't you just do the same thing focusing in on my quote "With that said... doesn't Spurrier get to have his freedom of speech too?" :) It seems the media is ignoring whatever parts they choose to get a good story without providing the true history of Ron Morris and his slandering the past 10+ years. Again, this goes WAY past Spurrier. I gave you some history on how this goes way past Spurrier and how The State/Ron Morris has made a culture of slanderous columns to try and create increased readership...
Individually, I've come to respect the articles I see at Mr.SEC. Collectively, you use 'we' a lot in your response and I can only assume that we means the umbrella of the media in 'general'. I understand how you think this is a childish move but what other options did he have? Handle it man to man? Ron Morris would love that. It sets an amazing example on how you can get Spurrier to do a one on one interview/report with him in the future. Slander him, publish false facts, and attack his character in print and Spurrier willl give you even more attention and give more popularity to your column.
I would have thought it was obvious that Spurrier's intentions were not to punish every reporter. The 'media' might have viewed it that way.... but... try and put yourself in Spurrier's shoes. How would you handle it?
I wasn't trying to paint you anti-anything. If there is anything my responses were meant to do... it was to display my frustration with the media on "ignoring whatever parts they choose" to publish an article about this mess without gathering all the facts.
"Which brings us back full circle to the analogy Morris tried so unsuccessfully to make in a radio interview last week.
But judging by the comments under Doyel’s story, many folks still don’t agree with his view of freedom of the press. That’s not surprising. We live in a country where Republicans watch Fox News and Democrats watch MSNBC just to have their own opinions validated. It’s a world of Maddows and Limbaughs in politics and team-based websites in sports that spin everything in favor of the hometown team because the people doing the writing are actually fans of the team they cover.
So maybe there’s no need for a free press anymore anyway. There’s clearly more money to be made in just telling people what they want to hear."
The said part is... you are quick to put this as an attack on free press and because Spurrier/Gamecock fans are upset with what Ron Morris is writing. You are correct, it seems more and more people want their opinions validated in today's news. But in this particular case... I think the finger pointing needs to go on the media itself on trying to comment on something when they haven't spent the time or effort to research what this is truly all about. You see people wanting their opinions validated; I see people losing faith and the honesty of the media itself. There is no accountability left with telling the truth in the news anymore. Negativity, shock value, and eye catching headlines are more important news to cover than something inspirational or positive. Let's make up facts and give flaming opinions and apologize later if the facts turn out incorrect... or taken out of context.
With that said... doesn't Spurrier get to have his freedom of speech too?
"I told my wife after the last article, ‘I’ve had it. I’ve had enough. I’m not going to take it anymore. I’ve had enough.’ Almost all of the Gamecocks say, ‘Coach, don’t pay any attention to him, he’s insignificant,’ which he is. He is not an important person. But they’re not having their name and reputation slandered. So, I’m the one. It’s not my mode of operation to not say anything about it. So, this is my voice here. He gets his voice in the newspaper, which he uses…"
That doesn't sound whining to me. If someone wrote false facts and horrible accusations (and essentially made their money by doing so) about MrSec.com, how would you respond?
@John at MrSEC @phrogs4ever @John What should Spurrier do about it then? Keep letting Ron Morris spit terrible lies about him and hurt his ability to recruit high school kids? Ron Morris went way beyond objective reporting many years ago. It's funny that it's picked up by media outlets outside of South Carolina. Spurrier definitely has the ability to push some buttons.
@bradleygator "I used to work as a reporter, and it boggles my mind how people can't understand that a journalist's job is to ask questions. Reporters should ask tough questions and they should demand answers." It's mind boggling to me that people are quick to jump to a conclusion about this when there's plenty of false facts being thrown around all ready without trying to find the truth. This goes way beyond Spurrier (read my post above).
The fact is... and most non-regional media will conveniently or unknowingly miss... is that this is not simply a Morris vs Spurrier 'thing'. Ron Morris and sensationalism has gone hand in hand with his writing way before Spurrier was even a coach at South Carolina. Has the media become so muddled over the years that most can't find the difference between giving an opinion/critique against an article riddled with false facts and oozing TMZ-isque writing? Ron Morris has been two steps away from being a National Enquirer columnist for quite some time now. If anything, it really should be Gamecocks vs The State. The State has openly pushed Ron Morris to be the writer that he is. For an extended period of time (when Holtz started as coach)... The State used to advertise Ron Morris on interstate billboards with: "Ron Morris; Love him, Hate him, Read him". The only reason why this is getting any attention is because it's Spurrier. If Spurrier farts walk walking to a media session, most reporters are right behind trying to dictate if it was on purpose or accident and what it smells like. Ron Morris has had this coming to him for a LONG time. The State/Morris finally have pissed off the wrong person. Ron Morris has had a free pass spitting out lies in the public forum long enough. If this is truly about freedom of speech... maybe The State can hire Robert Ariail back instead of keeping a sensationalist like Ron Morris on staff.