Boston Globe sports columnist Christopher L. Gasper weighs in on the public debate in the media over the Washington Redskins’ name.
Well, that’s not completely accurate. There is little to no public debate in the media about the issue. From the mainstream media’s point of view it is game set match. Over. Matter of time. This will not stand. Snyder can’t hold out. Period. End of story. Scoot!
OK, the name change hasn’t happened yet but it’s only a matter of time because . . . because . . . because, I suppose, history shows that once the media descends on a bone like this it usually does not back off until its objective has been achieved. And after all, the best predictor of future activity is past activity. So it is ever so tempting for one after another columnist or reporter to pile on in connection with a story like this, since the conclusion seems pre-ordained from the get-go. Go with the winner, sports fans. You can just feel it, Dave can’t you?
According to Gasper,
there is a groundswell of support to eliminate the name. . . .
so that’s that and so there.
Yet the last few times these canned stories have appeared in the press, I have taken a look at the comments section, and the comments do not at all support the narrative. An anti-Snyder story in the (liberal) Washington Post was met mostly with scorn in the comments, though I didn’t make a count of it. So I decided to categorize the comments following today’s Globe story. In bluer than blue Massachusetts, the comments are now running almost 4 to 1 against the name change.
OK, comments sections do not make for random samples. Sports guys might be more tough minded about such issues than your usual Massachusetts liberal. But there is undoubtedly on this issue a pretty bad disconnect between mainstream media dogma and vox populi, as polls continue to show. As a result we probably have a nationwide pattern of news stories saying it is only a matter of time and comments sections that find the articles laughable. That disconnect between the articles and the comments is laughable in itself, and ought to be cause for reflection, and even reportage beyond the odd blog post.