Roethlisberger Accused Of Sexual Assault (Again) And All Is Quiet On The ESPN Front (Again) – UPDATED
(Updated: as of 7:00 eastern – the first time I could check since publishing this post – it is now a story in the sidebar on the main page of ESPN.com. Despite this development, the criticisms made by me in this post regarding tWWL dubious practices remain the same)
In another surprising decision – it has to be a conscious maneuver, right? – reminiscent of the gag order tWWL placed last summer when Roethlisberger got into a bit of trouble out in Nevada with the lady who came to “fix his cable,” ESPN (at last on their website) has refused to even address the reports that Ben Roethlisberger is now being accused of sexual assault in Georgia, even though every other news outlet (sports-related, blog or otherwise) believes it to be a newsworthy item.
ESPN is once again showing their true colors. They have made it a habit to only report on items they deem worthy of reporting on. Picking and choosing what is a desirable news story should never come into play. It is – for lack of a better way of putting it and regardless of whether the accusations will hold up to more intense scrutiny – a legitimate story and other reputable news organizations (CBS News, FoxSports, ProFootball Talk, The Baldwin Bulletin, among others) are at least putting it out there for their readers.
Further, I have no earthly idea why they have chosen to protect Roethlisberger again in this instance, but they have to realize that if people aren’t getting the news from them, they are getting it somewhere else, right? Or are they that arrogant?
Yeah, they are probably that arrogant. I am sure if Roethlisberger had been accused of sexually assaulting one of Craig James’ adult children (or the adult kid of another one of their many on-air personalities), ESPN would have been all over this story like stink on shit.
Source: ESPN issues “do not report” alert on Roethlisberger story [Pro Football Talk]
(previously at the Sportress: Under The Cover Of Darkness, ESPN Finally Addresses Ben Roethlisberger Story)