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Rhoden skips Wimbledown, writes anyway

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Rhody31, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

  2. pseudo

    pseudo Well-Known Member

  3. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    If I'm reading the column right, Rhoden was on vacation, not working. Leaving turned out to be a bad decision, but the column itself was not a bad scene-setter.
  4. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    That was my thought as he was getting shredded on the Wimbledon thread. It's not like he just packed up from the press box and left.
  5. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    It reads like he was there to cover the event but decided to leave. I was under the impression that he brought his family along and wondered if that was on his or the company's dime.
    If he was on vacation, that makes this a completely different story.
  6. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

  7. Yeah, the other thread conveniently left out the part about Rhoden saying he was on a tennis vacation. I saw nothing wrong with what he did or him writing about it. Move along, there's nothing to see here.
  8. Mighty_Wingman

    Mighty_Wingman Active Member

    Just curious: Had Rhoden and his wife bought tickets to the Wimbledon final in advance? That's where they wanted to go on their vacation? First off, that's kind of a busman's holiday, right?

    Also, they went to the trouble and expense of purchasing tickets to the Wimbledon final (I'm assuming it's a tough ticket) even though they're so disintered in tennis they skipped out of what was supposedly the greatest match in years to watch Hancock?

    This seem odd to anyone else?
  9. Dickens Cider

    Dickens Cider New Member

    You suggesting that dog won't hunt?
  10. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    He left with Nadal up 2-0. Wasn't there also a rain delay? Faced with the prospect that what had been a one-sided match might not even resume, I could see myself checking out to go see a movie.
  11. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Especially since it was abundantly clear to most professional observers that Hancock is a POS.
  12. Mighty_Wingman

    Mighty_Wingman Active Member

    Not at all. It's just strange. Obviously, Bill Rhoden is entitled to go where he wants on his vacation. If he wants to blow his cash on tickets to a high-end sporting event and then skip out before halftime, it's his party.

    One thing I'd personally like to see is confirmation that he bought tickets, rather than using his status as a New York Times columnist to gain entry. Because once you do that -- other ethical concerns aside -- wouldn't you be "back on the clock" and compelled to stay for the duration?
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