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AP misinterprets emotions on NFL lock-out story

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by flexmaster33, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. flexmaster33

    flexmaster33 Active Member

    So I'm reading the sports page today with the big news about the NFL lockout front and center (as it should be)...the AP photo is of Robert Kraft leaning on Jeff Saturday's massive shoulder...emotions clear on both sides.

    Both in the cutline and in the story the AP makes it seem that this embrace is the result of coming to an NFL Labor Deal, when I'm pretty certain that's not the case.

    I'm not close to the situation reporting-wise, but Robert Kraft lost his wife in the last week or two, and this photo strikes me much more as these two sharing a hug around the emotions of losing a spouse.
  2. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    I thought they were getting gay-married.
  3. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    The Litke column made the chain of events leading up to the hug pretty clear.
  4. flexmaster33

    flexmaster33 Active Member

    Is that part of an AP package?
    Our state-wide paper just ran the basic story (no column).
  5. clutchcargo

    clutchcargo Active Member

    I saw it live and my first thought was that the shared hug involved a combination of Mrs. Kraft 's death and the lockout/negotiation tension, all rolled into one.
  6. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Didn't see the newser, but, this. But after seeing this thread, glad I rewrote the cutline to say it happened during the newser instead of trying to interpret it. But what else to you expect from an AP cutline?
  7. flexmaster33

    flexmaster33 Active Member

    Looking at Richard Rosenblatt's AP story...this is the line that is misplaced...

    Then came what may truly be the lasting image of the dispute's resolution: Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman Jeff Saturday wrapped one of his burly arms around New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and enveloped him in a hug — a gesture that symbolized the acrimony's end more than any statement could.

    I believe this was Saturday reaching out to a fellow human being in pain, fully understanding that Kraft has been grieving the loss of his wife. I don't believe the hug was intended to represent anything about the lockout.
  8. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    saturday and kraft were among a few who took a turn at speaking when demaurice smith and goodell did their 'the nfl is back' presser on monday. saturday grace, spoke of kraft's late wife and talked about how amazing it was that even in her final days she encouraged her husband to attend the negotiating sessions. when it was kraft's turn to speak and he tossed bouquets right back at saturday. all those involved in the negotiations acknowledged there were pretty heated exchanges right 'til the end but the solidarity front both sides put up monday moved everyone.

    so, when saturday spoke in awe of myra kraft's strength and thanked her for selflessly making sure her husband kept his head in the cba game, that's what led to the impromtu and genuine hugfest. it was really both congratulatory in that they were exchanging kudos for the role each played in the negotiations AND natural when saturday acknowleded myra.

    so, the combo of the cba agreement in conjunction with the passing of kraft's wife last week led to the embrace as the kudos were being exchanged.
  9. what is your problem? do you really think you're funny? jesus christ
  10. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member

    I don't know about either situation, but from this, it sounds like you're telling AP it was wrong to write something because you interpreted a photo differently than they did.

    While I believe it's a stretch to write anything about what *any* person is feeling without asking that person, isn't saying "this strikes me as" exactly what you're saying AP did?
  11. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

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