Wednesday, July 11, 2007

What they wouldn't show you

There’s been plenty of analysis of last night’s (zzzzz) All Star Game. I’m not going to bore you with mine because a) what do you care what I think and b) I was watching Best Damn Sports Bloopers instead.

I did, however, see a good point this morning brought up by USA Today’s Michael McCarthy:

“Why do directors cut away from stuff viewers want to see? Fox's quick trigger ruined an intriguing moment during the All-Star Game ceremony honoring Willie Mays.
As the "Say Hey Kid" walked toward center field, viewers saw Barry Bonds reach from behind to hold his hand. Mays, 76, looked startled. What happened next? Who knows? Fox cut to a woman clapping in the upper deck. The camera returned a few seconds later. But the moment was gone, and the two weren't holding hands.”

Now, I missed seeing this live because I was otherwise enthralled with quality television (I don’t care how many ways you look at it, shots to the groin are always funny), but why would Fox pansy out on this? The entire media blitz surrounding Bonds and the (zzzzz) All Star Game focused on how much the fans in San Francisco loved him and how San Francisco was welcoming Bonds and how San Francisco cheered for him the loudest. This was a chance for Fox to show how the rest of the country felt.

I understand that there are a lot of sensitivities to this situation, especially with Bonds being Mays' godson. I also know that networks have corporate suits and advertisers to answer to but it’s the media’s job to show real life reactions. It’s what makes live television so appealing. It’s also what makes media outside mainstream media (like blogs) so valuable and why there is a constant MSM/Blogger battle*. When you’re done watching what the MSM wants you to see, head to the internet to see what they wouldn’t show you.

*Matt Ufford wrote a great column on this. I highly recommend checking it out when you get a chance.


Zach said...

What I always wonder about the networks is, don't they know everyone hates the way they produce these sporting events? When was the last time you heard someone say, "Wow, network X did a great job with game Y'"?

Shots to the groin > baseball's all-star game by far.

Bruce said...

If an "event game", in any sport, is slotted to start at, say 8 PM, you can always add at least 45 minutes to that; and baseball is the worst of them all. No wonder they keep losing the younger viewers..