The mainstream media has an interesting job, especially in New York. They have to cover the team, and cover it fully. All the while, they have to write pieces that are going to generate interest. It’s a thin line, between sensationalism, and journalism.
It has also been a job that has been magnified in 2012, thanks to the arrival of the guy to the right. No matter which side of the coin you fall on Tim Tebow, the fact is undeniable that he creates a buzz. By many accounts, he creates a bit of controversy, based on both his strong religious beliefs, and his performance on the football field. He is a polarizing, sometimes beloved, sometimes vilified figure in the world of sports.
In comes the mainstream media that covers the New York Jets. They have to draw attention to their work, we get that. But that causes them to stir things up with the team. The media puts itself right in the middle of things, and that is why a lot of us have a problem with them. The whole situation with Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow, right up to, and including today is a prime example. To cover the situation, the media basically has to talk out of both sides of their mouths, if you think about it.
Right when Tim Tebow was brought in here, the obvious question was asked, “How will this affect Mark Sanchez?” “Will he get affected by all of the Tim Tebow talk?” These are all fair questions, obviously, because Tim Tebow does generate a lot of talk, and for good reasons. His success in Denver was clear to everyone, so it is appropriate to wonder whether or not he could continue that success.
But the way the media handles it is why they stir things up. When the trade was made, the mainstream media was relentless with their criticism of the New York Jets for making this move. The biggest reason was the fact that he stirs up a lot of talk. All of the criticism was centered on the idea that the Jets will have to answer questions about Tim Tebow every day. Mark Sanchez will feel the pressure of hearing the questions ever day if he is not perfect.