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Media Accountability and Carlton's rise in 2018.

Originally created on Carlton Blues by Debby Palti - Blues Editor.

During the week Collingwood’s Nathan Buckley, when responding to a question about Ross Lyons approaching Collingwood regarding coaching there, said that there has to be a line in the sand when it comes to credibility in journalists who literally “make things up”. Gillon McLaughlan said on 3AW that maybe a journalist who does this should have their accreditation taken away when it comes to reporting on the AFL and the clubs. Tony Jones on the Sunday Footy Show then stated the AFL should stay out of this and not interfere and that it is ridiculous that journalists, commentators, media and so forth should in any way have their accreditation taken away and that the AFL must stay out of this.  I am all for freedom of the press, but not when it makes things up or worse still say with clarity and surety that what they are reporting on is factual and correct.

Kane Cornes is one such “commentator” who stated on the Fox Sports website last year that the deal to get Bryce Gibbs to Adelaide will be done and that he is desperate to go back to SA and does not want to play for Carlton. This year he stated that Patrick Cripps wants to be traded back to WA. On all accounts, he was wrong.  Gibbs has played a stellar year and wants to stay and Crippa has re-signed to the club until the end of 2019.  Today in the Herald Sun, Chris Cavanagh in the last paragraph of his review of the Carlton Hawthorn match stated that “But this was Carlton’s night, one which might just be a turning point in coach Brendon Bolton’s tenure at the club.” Then we have the Mathew Lloyd and Luke Darcy’s take that Carlton are boring and that are a sure thing to win the wooden spoon.

If journalists, media commentators and others want the footy loving public to take them seriously, then they must treat their time in the spotlight just as serious.  To say that Bolts’s tenure was under scrutiny is irresponsible journalism.  To say that a media commentator of the game, who is an ex-player can come out and state what he considers to be facts only to be shown how wrong he is, must have the freedom to make those statements under the guise of credibility taken away. We all know that these ex-players have their biases and they blatantly display this on a medium that gives them the ability to do so.  If they want to be respected by the AFL public, then their biases must be left at the door.

I watched the replay of the Carlton Hawthorn match and at different points of the game, Cameron Ling said one thing about the poor quality of Carlton’s playing and how poor the club really is in this respect, then changed that the second they laid a great tackle or took a magnificent mark, or kicked a goal.  Kane Cornes, again, spoke to Kade Simpson on the Sunday Footy Show about Jed Lamb’s ruffle of James Sicily’s hair after Sicily had given up yet again another free kick and a goal was scored. Kornes didn’t think that was required.  Simmo replied that Lamb walked that fine line between the un-nerving of a player and being reported and he didn’t cross over it and it worked. 

Given the results of the game on Saturday night which very few saw coming, the outcome is that media commentators and journalists must be held accountable for the lies they say are truths and the utter rubbish they write without getting the facts straight first.  They must show credit where credit is due and not judge a team’s performance based on their ugly biases.

The match on Saturday showed a future for Carlton that have left some of the media in utter shock only because they were hoping for a different outcome.  To see Carlton producing a level of footy that they hadn’t seen for a while, shocked them, why because they just don’t like Carlton. They believe that because they have played the game, they can best comment on it.  They can’t.  It is just like a person can be trained to be a teacher, but cannot teach.  I have more respect for Eddie McGuire than Kane Cornes, or Luke Darcy or Mathew Lloyd and others who fall in behind this type of media commenting, because he is the first to say out loud  how exciting it is to see the rising journey of Carlton, except when they are playing against Collingwood.

Carlton showed signs on Saturday what the future is shaping up to be.  The supporters who stood up during the match and cheered and booed and supported what the team showed are damned proud to be part of this future.  The media who try their very best to prove how clever they really aren’t in their blatant bias against this, then maybe in this respect Buckley is right, that media who make things up should get their AFL accreditation taken away or simply say they were wrong.

On another note, for a while I have been stating that Levi Casboult is not an all rounded player, as all he could do was take a mark and kick a few goals, but that’s it. Saturday night, I don’t know what it was, but I was wrong.  He not only tackled, but chased and tackled. He didn’t sit back and watch, he participated.  Sure he got pinged once, but that did not stop him and he kicked two goals.  Maybe he has re-signed, maybe he has come to some realisation. Whatever it is, if this is his form, then I hope he stays.

Finally Jed Lamb take a bow you were magnificent. Your drive to be in any contest no matter what was astounding and you came of age Saturday night.  Then those who think Marc Murphy is washed up must watch the game and how in the last quarter he got the players in a circle and the passion he showed in his talk to the players was a sight to see.  He is not washed up and he is a great captain and lead by example for the whole time.

Carlton are not boring, they are not washed up and they won't win the wooden spoon; but those in the media who are so sure that they were right have no real credibility and never will have.

So proud #BOUNDBYBLUE.

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