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John Lackey’s Divorce and the Media Going Over the Line



By Mike Silva ~ September 26th, 2011. Filed under: Outside the Apple, Sports Media Commentary.

Earlier today, I took the Boston media to task for how they handled the John Lackey divorce news, and chastised them for how they handled the situation. I was particularly hard on the Dennis & Callahan Morning Show for how they handled it:

I can wonder about the local media that covers the team making this an issue. Instead of letting Lackey vent, a reporter asked him if this was a distraction during the postgame.  Even worse was how Lackey’s divorce was discussed on the Dennis & Callahan Morning Show. Not only did they call Lackey a “despicable human being,” but they opined about how Lackey should have handled the situation. They were breaking down Lackey’s performance on how he filed for divorce. They even speculated on the wife’s loss of hair. They compared Lackey’s situation to the moral dilemma of leaving a fiancé because they suffer an injury that leaves them handicapped. Think about this for a second. Is this relevant, fair, or even ethical? How can these guys feel good about their radio program after spending time discussing this? The night after the Red Sox won a huge game at Yankee Stadium to maintain their Wild Card lead they are discussing Lackey’s divorce with tons of speculation and innuendo sprinkled throughout.

Dennis & Callahan actually wondered on air if they were “allowed” to bring this up. Their rationale for doing so is that Lackey brought it up in the postgame with the media. Once their conscience was clear they proceeded to conduct the aforementioned analysis. Everything that is wrong with sports radio, media, and journalism was on display during this segment,which you can listen to by clicking here and then going to the 4:06 mark.

Since this is a media topic I have cataloged it over at Sports Media Watchdog, where you can read the entire post.

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