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The New York Jets and the Media Double Standard

Jan 31, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; From left Trent Dilfer , Jerry Rice , Mike Ditka and Cris Carter pose for a photo during the ESPN analysts press conference at the New Orleans Convention Center in preparation for Super Bowl XLVI to be played between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

We have talked about this many times before. We have all seen it a lot with the Jets. The goings on of this week made me think about this topic once again. The topic being the double standard between the Jets and the mainstream media. Whenever you begin to forget about it, something happens that reminds me.

The double standard occurs as follows, an incident occurs somewhere in the league, it barely gets any coverage. An incident happens with the New York Jets, the broadcast world can’t get enough. Let’s to over some examples.

Remember when Rex flipped off a fan at a basketball game? Oh, ESPN and friends couldn’t get enough of that.  No talk about how likely provoked Rex was by a Miami Dolphins fan.  Fans can say whatever they want, but God forbid Rex does anything, it is national news.

I don’t believe it would have gotten the same attention had the coach been Mike Tomlin, or Tom Coughlin, or God forbid the sainted coach Hoodie.  Heck, ESPN would have probably found a way to commend the hoodie man for doing it.

How about when Rex cursed at a fan during a game in 2011.  Again, the reporters couldn’t stop talking about it.  How dare Rex do a thing like that?  No matter that it was in the heat of the moment, his team wasn’t playing well, and an I am sure totally sober fan decided to be stupid.  No.  Just that Rex is an idiot.  However, after that game, Bill Belichick had a fairly vulgar phrase to describe the Jets’ defense.  Actually, it was probably more vulgar than anything Rex had EVER said.  But did anyone care, besides us Jets fans?  Not so much.

As if Roger Goodell would ever let negative attention be shown upon his patron saint of coaches, Bill Belichick.

Remember earlier this year, when the patron saint of hooded sweatshirts grabbed a replacement official?  He was so annoyed about the job the refs had done, he ran after one, grabbed him by the arm and pulled him around.

Yes, he was fined $50,000.  But suspension?  Nope.  Who gets to touch an official in ANY sport without being suspended?  Nobody.  And ESPN?  They talked about how Bill needed an answer, he was upset…no rage about him touching an official fairly violently.

What would have happened if coach Rex Ryan had done that?  The rage would have been off the charts, and we all know it’s true.  There would have been call to run the circus master out of the league.  There would have been NO justification for what he did, just anger.

The proof is in the past events.  The Jets can’t breath without causing rage amongst the reporters.

And then finally, the incident that brought this back to the forefront for me this week.  The incident involving Ryan Clark.  Have you guys heard about this?  Ryan Clark of the Pittsburgh Steelers had some choice thoughts about our favorite quarterback in the sport, Tom Brady.   He said he sees “ghosts” when under pressure, that he will react to pass rushers that aren’t necessarily there.  Read the article that I linked up to.  Nothing about that Clark isn’t smart for making the comments, really.  More about how Brady admits that some of that is true.

Just imagine if, say, Antonio Cromartie had made comments like that.  All he has to do is make comments about his own receiver abilities, imagine if he had said this about Brady?  ESPN might be ranking him the stupidest player ever to put pads on.  Maybe that is an exaggeration, but you know what I mean.  He would not be taken out of the fire for it.

Why?  Because there is a huge double standard in the media.  If anyone else does something, it’s not so bad.  But if the Jets do it, oh boy.


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  • Jay

    I don’t know if it’s a double standard or just a general disdain the media has for Rex Ryan. I can’t even say it’s the Jets. He’s made the kind of comments that makes people stand up and take notice and with the way we’ve fouled things up for the past two seasons they’ve reveled in making sure he and the team that let him run his mouth pay for every mistake they’ve made.

    What I find most baffling is the way the media shows their disdain however. We were 6-10 last year (Had our QB been even slightly competent we probably win those last 3 games and we end the season 9-7) we are the same team this year but arguably better. Stronger at CB. Stronger at RB. Stronger at WR. Stronger on the DL. We’ve improved our OL depth. We’ve improved our QB competition. There were 8 teams worse than the NY Jets last year and somehow they talk about us being a minor league team, in contention for the 1 overall pick, a joke, etc. What world does the media live in that the Jets deserve to be derided constantly but the other 8 perenially bad teams (who last I checked haven’t sniffed a conference title game in 15 years) get a free pass. They are so clueless they talk about how the Jets should eat Sanchez’ 8.5 million dollar contract just because. No benefit for the team to do so, but they should just do it anyway. It’s brutal to have to read and hear this nonsense constantly but if we can just control the ball a little on offense, I’m pretty sure we surprise more than just a few people next season.

    • TheJetPress

      Thanks for your thoughts Jay.
      It all makes sense. I do think it’s a double standard, only because when things happen to other teams, they don’t garner the same attention.
      You are absolutely right, at 6-10 we were with a lot of other teams, yet the media revels in beating us down. We’ll have to show them something this fall.

  • matr dontelli iii

    absolutely agreed on the double standard, but it’s even beyond a double standard. there is blatant ignorance running rampant in the mainstream media. there is no insight. comparing the level of thought between the popular jets blogs, here, toj and tjb and the mainstream media are like comparing sunscreen and oatmeal. there is no relation at all. i read where some idiot from espn, yes i know, thats redundant, i apologize, rated the jets draft a ‘d’ and brought up tebow’s name. as though tebow had anything to do with the 2013 draft, which will very possibly yield five starters this year, yet it’s graded as a d. great insight from espn. it’s reached the point where you cannot talk sports with someone who gets their info from espn. it’s like talking to an idiot. i guess i shouldn’t say ‘like’, espn turns its viewers and listeners into idiots. is mike turncoat still tashing us and rex? i’m beginning to think he’s related to fireman fraud, ooops, ed. i hope the hell he stays away too. front runner. the ultimate display of the double standard is the way the media allowed goodell and the nfl to sweep spygate under the rug while continuing to sanctify that nasty cheating jerk from new england. as we’ve previously mentioned, alan, reading is a dying art. i tell every football fan i know or meet that spygate is a must read and you can get it for ten bucks. less than the price of a beer at the stadium. i’ll let you know when someone tells me ‘yeah, man, i read it. that’s incredible’ (alan, i know you read it, you don’t count). i’m actually thinking about reading it aloud and recording it so i can give people an audio version. that’s a lotta work and time, but i may do it. maybe i should contact the author.

    • TheJetPress

      You should contact the spygate writer, he would probably love an audio version of his book.
      Mike always trashes us. I couldn’t believe that Idzik went on with Fatcessa. I can’t even watch ESPN anymore. I used to think they had intelligent analysis but I have grown up to realize that is very far from the truth.
      And as someone who loves to read, blogs, books..etc., reading is very much a dying art, and it’s unfortunate.

      • matr dontelli iii

        I, naturally, didn’t hear John with fathead. I did read Phil mushnick discussing at length on may 3rd that he should have hung up on him. I love reading mushnick’s column. The best mainstream media column going.

        • TheJetPress

          me neither just heard about it. mushnick is fun to read I agree, I don’t get his paper so I only read once in a while, but I enjoy when I do.

          • matr dontelli iii

            I don’t buy the post either. I don’t go to the post’s site that often but I do make a point of it on the days his articles run, Sunday, Monday and Friday. I almost always find myself in complete agreement with him. I also like his writing style.

          • TheJetPress

            That’s cool, glad to hear you enjoy him.

  • __fense

    Great article, But you had me a little surprised with the examples you picked. There are so many obvious ones, and you skipped right over them to talk about Rex flipping off a fan.

    There’s the Geno Smith criticism story, where one guy said he had character issues, the rest of the media called the guy a racist for saying that, and then suddenly they are valid concerns as soon as he’s drafted by the Jets.

    Or you can talk about Edward’s DUI. So much was made of how terrible it was, but when it happens to players on any other team (including Diel of the Giants, so it isn’t just a NY thing), it gets mentioned, then swept under the rug.

    Speaking of the Giants, what about the fact that Cruz still doesn’t have a contract? Remember how they reported Revis not getting a contract? Now tell me that they are treating the Giant’s star player the same way.

    And those are just the things, off the top of my head, that are directly comparable to how they treated players on other teams, or the same player who just joined the team. Then there’s stuff that I can’t even fathom on another team.

    Mehta wrote an article last year, that got national media attention, saying that Rex Ryan wanted to be fired. He did interviews of multiple players, who all said it wasn’t true, and so he just didn’t put that into the story. He interviewed Rex Ryan himself, and he said that he didn’t think that, and that he would know if he wanted to be fired. So, Mehta, the ethical journalist that he is, just ignored the interview altogether. It didn’t fit with what he wanted to present as fact, so he just ignored that it happened. Ryan then went to the podium and had to talk about how he likes the job that he has been saying is the best thing that ever happened to him, and Mehta doesn’t even show up to the press conference. Of course, he was free directly following it to be interviewed on SNY (which Woody Johnson is a part-owner of, by the way), who agreed with him that Rex Ryan would want the fact that he likes his job off the record, and that off the record means you have to ignore it completely (which it isn’t, and journalists should know that).

    Oh, and then a few weeks later, the NYDN stalked him to where he was on vacation, took a photo of him without his shirt on without his knowledge and then claimed that the image of his wife in a Jets jersey showed that he had a ‘perverse sexual lust’ for Mark Sanchez, a guy that he benched 3 weeks before. I still get idiots telling me that his tattoo proves he loves Sanchez and will never bench him, forgetting that he already did that last year.

    I mean, today, I’ve seen 4 different tweets criticizing Geno Smith for pick the number 7. I can’t fathom that happening to another team.

    I think your article was too soft, and that’s saying something, because it was very critical of the media. They are just so ridiculously bad that anything less than a full on rant isn’t enough for me.

    • matr dontelli iii

      you go, _fense. i thought i was the only one that went on rants here. glad to see you bringing the heat. those are all good examples you listed and just the tip of the iceberg. as bad as the nydn is, i think their nadir was the tebow interview from around last novembrr, conducted by mehta. it couldn’t even be called journalism, it was that bad. the whole interview he was trying to get tebow to badmouth the jets. if you haven’t seen it you should check it out. i’ve got it saved on my tablet in case anyone wants to see it and can’t otherwise find it.

    • TheJetPress

      All good points. You are right, I could have gone harder. I remember all of those incidents too, and they would have added.
      I appreciate your thoughts, thanks for reading.