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The Martha Burk-ing of the All-Star game

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by HejiraHenry, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    I had to call the AP in New York about the All-Star game advance.

    Seventeen grafs about Arizona's immigration law, including quotes from Jesse (not Reggie) Jackson, before we get to the stuff about the dang game.

    I had one thought after reading that hot mess: "Martha Burk."
  2. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    I'd like to read it.
  3. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    What the AP does best, ruin an advance with what should have been a sidebar.

    YGBFKM Guest

    Someone iron my shirt.
  5. secretariat

    secretariat Active Member

    Holy shit! You've NEVER done that!
  6. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    And I only called because Ralph Russo was there and he knows me. We had a nice chat, which ended with me praising the hometown leads for MLB.
  7. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Glad you called, and wish I had. I hadn't seen anything on the immigration law and the All-Star Game since it was passed, until last week when Jim Litke bought it up in a column. Since I rarely use Litke any more (ever since he started urging everyone to read Dan Wetzel), I dismissed it until I saw this thread.

    Apparently it didn't do a thing, since the writethru after the Home Run Derby had the same lead. I ended up grabbing a Rick Hummel story from McClatchy Tribune and, while it was heavy on Cardinals elements, was at least about baseball!

    I wonder if someone at AP has a burr up their saddle about the immigration issue. Hope I'm wrong, since I still want to think AP is above all this.
  8. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    If it had been an actual issue at the ballpark, I could see it. But all the player quotes seemed to indicate that none of them were taking it seriously as an issue and to pull in Jesse Jackson (not pictured) on a phoner from Washington was over the top for me.

    I just wanted to be on the record as not running that and making it clear why I didn't.
  9. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Technically they're not hometown leads, but losing team leads. The optional ... pardon me, "New Approach" is written from the winner's angle.
  10. ShiptoShore

    ShiptoShore Member

    The lack of a legit advance bothered me, as well. The idea of putting a Jesse Jackson-dominated story on the front, or anywhere in the sports section, makes me throw up a little in my mouth.
  11. SportsGuyBCK

    SportsGuyBCK Active Member

    If anything, the REAL advance was the story on Jeter and the other players sitting out the game ...
  12. ShiptoShore

    ShiptoShore Member

    Fo' sho. Pitching story worked as a secondary, too.
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