It has become shamefully simple for the media to manipulate public perception. I have noticed multiple recent examples related to the Brandon Roy situation. A prime example occurred just today when Ric Bucher shamelessly tweeted that "sources close to Brandon Roy" stated that his problem has more to do with Andre Miller than his failing knees. Now, it is bad enough that Bucher would be so irresponsible as to tweet something like this, but what is even worse is that other members of the media, John Lund on 95.5 The Game to name one, ran with this tweet as though it is fact AND interprets this as a "lie" perpetrated by Brandon Roy on himself (Lund) and the rest of us. He then uses this lie as the foundation for a portion of his radio show. So now, using Tweets, members of the media are cleverly feeding nuggets to other members of the media to run with.
Blazer Fans: Don't buy into this garbage. If Bucher cannot provide a source or at least describe the type of relationship this source has with Brandon Roy then why should any of us believe it has even an ounce of truth to it? Bucher is sending these tweets out to make himself appear relevant and "in the know". He's not an insider when it comes to Roy (or those close to him).
Lund for his part, is trying to get ratings. He could care less if the quote comes directly from Roy or if it is fabricated by another media member and attributed to these shadowy "sources".
Another shameful practice of the media is cleverly disguised with the phrase "Now, reading the tea leaves..." The Portland media pulled this sham over our eyes when Roy attempted to explain his recent struggles by talking about how his style of play has been made more difficult to execute this season as a result of changes in the personnel around him. The media "read the tea leaves" and proclaimed to all of us that Roy was directly bashing Andre Miller and the Blazers brass. They used this approach to stir the pot of public opinion and create a groundswell of anti-Roy sentiment among the fan base.
Roy's subsequent apology to his teammates was handled similarly by the media. Citing as evidence that his apology only occurred after a meeting with Nate they forced us to consume the "obvious" which was that he was "told by the team" to apologize. Naive members of the fan base swallowed this hook, line and sinker and became even more disenchanted with Roy.
Isn't is possible that he met with Nate before the apology just to talk about the situatiion? Isn't it possible that he went to Nate, apologized first to him and then went on to apologize to his teammates? Isn't it possible that it was actually Brandon's idea to apologize? I thought it was particularly telling when Lamarcus Aldridge, when asked about Roy's apology, said that he didn't know what he was apologizing for. The PLAYERS had no idea what Roy was apologizing for because they did not consume the load of crap that the media was feeding to the general public.
Blazer fans, as Larry Miller postulated last night, you are better than that. Don't allow the shallow, ratings hungry members of the media to do your thinking for you.