Oakland Raiders: Media Sources Can't Be Trusted

Raider Card AddictSenior Writer IJune 8, 2008

Quick, if you read this headline, would you think it was true?


More importantly, would it change your perspective if you knew the Charger fan was breaking into the Raider fan's house, and he was defending his family?

This is a good example of a slanted media that is becoming more and more obvious, as the offseason rolls on.

Case one would probably point at the NFL Network, aka the ex-Bronco Network.

Starting before the draft, and up until this past week, you could find several articles about the Raiders in the media. It seemed the media had hired every ex-Bronco or anti-Raider to interview for their opinion.

For drafting McFadden, they had to ask Terrell Davis his opinion. Of course, it was negative, still drumming on the fact the Raiders didn't take Gholston (get real), or Glenn Dorsey (option, but toss up).

Then, most recently, they talked to Brian Baldinger, who felt that McFadden isn't going to have the same impact that Adrian Peterson had in Minnesota. This same media source, feels that because the Raiders spent money loosely, on random players with questionable talent, that they will be horrible again.

Case two, would be ESPN, and their efforts to churn up speculation and guesses regarding Oakland's wall of silence. Oakland has never been a massive media circus, like Dallas or Kansas City.

Could you imagine Davis allowing the media to run loose in the halls of Raider HQ? I can't, either. Davis has some simple reasons for this, mainly, to keep people guessing, and to keep the media guessing.

Instead of ESPN simply stating "there is no word out of Oakland", they've relied on some phoned in source, unknown if this "source", is some guy at a bar, or if here's even in the same state.

Remember JaMarcus Russell's rumor to be over 300 pounds? Myth. How about the rumor of Kiffin resigning? Myth. Or the famous "white paper"? Same goes. Without evidence or a "smoking gun" to link all of this together, you might as well roll a tabloid, like "Al Davis seen with Paris Hilton." It would sell, but people would probably believe it too.

Case three, is the yahoos at Yahoo Sports. Year in and year out, they try to trumpet some source, again unnamed, that they hear about something on the team.

Usually rehashed and regurgitated from sources like the above-named, it's a wonder if anyone takes them seriously. I remember last year, Jason Cole, actually had the Chiefs and the Broncos ranked higher than the Raiders. And not by a spot or two.

His second-idiot-in-command, Charles Robinson, isn't far behind, usually finding nothing of merit. One wonders if he simply turns on NFL Network, reads a story, then copies it.

The last case, and any Raider Fan knows this, is that of Nancy Gay. This has got to be the biggest joke in journalism history. Time and again, she's trumpeted news headlines. Remember when she said that Sapp would retire, LAST YEAR, because of Kiffin's age? He played a decent year for us.

About the best piece of advice I could give anyone, is don't accept information from a source in San Francisco. It would be like asking Mike Shanahan what he thinks of Al Davis, or Eli Manning on the Patriots' Head Coach.

If the media wants to report on the Raiders, fine. Clean, unbiased opinions are welcome. But if you can't report on the Raiders, the same way they worshiped the Patriots (ugh), then maybe Mom's advice is best:

If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.