Media Industry Declining, Public Relations’ Role an Overlooked Factor

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It feels like public sentiment for the media is at an all time low, and much of that is truly deserved. “The media” as many call it, is indeed biased by and large, but it’s not in regards to a political agenda. The bias is towards getting eyeballs and getting paid. Media outlets are biased towards producing the stories that will require the least effort and cost.

And everyone has had a role here in causing the severe decline of the media industry. Consumers want news, but refuse to pay for it. Most consumers are more interested in junk and fluff than what actually matters, and they don’t click on banner ads, so native advertising and sponsored content popped up.

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Marcus Rashford Slams Twitter’s Attempt to Combat Online Racism

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Manchester United and England striker Marcus Rashford is one of a handful of footballers who has been racially abused online in the past few weeks. Rashford, as well as teammate Paul Pogba, have been victimized by racist trolls on Twitter since the season started.

Twitter, in an effort to combat racism on social media, made a pledge to monitor the account of the top 50 black footballers in the world.

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How the Baseball Hall of Fame Acknowledges the Steroids Era

To me, the most interesting aspect of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown is what passes as “the steroids wing.” The entire steroids era, from approximately the mid 1990s to the early 2010s is covered by just one display case, which focuses on artifacts relating to PEDs or performance enhancing drugs.

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United Players Condemn “disgusting,” “pathetic” Racial Abuse of Paul Pogba

Manchester United have issued a club statement condemning the racist abuse perpetrated against midfielder Paul Pogba on social media. Additionally, some of the team’s star players have taken to Twitter and voiced their disgust with these developments.

United settled for a draw last night at Wolverhampton Wanderers, thanks in part (but obviously not thanks in full) to Pogba, instead of Marcus Rashford, taking a penalty kick, which he then missed. The decision to have Pogba take the PK, and the general protocol for how United decides who handles spot kick duty, was widely criticized last night. Club legend and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville was very critical of the situation.

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Philadelphia Union Shred “Stick to Sports” Cliched Nonsense

“Stick to Sports” is certainly in the same family as “go back to your country.” Both seek to condescend and dehumanize. And the kind of people who use the former expression, often use the latter, and vice versa.

It’s odd because a.) no one ever says “stick to sports” when a sports figure opines on food, drink, movies, television, music, books etc. And no one ever a news talking head to “stick to politics” when said pundit opines on sports. What the phrase (used by people as high profile as ESPN/ABC host and far right winger Sage Steele) really means is “stick to sports when you voice political beliefs I’m not comfortable with.”

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Cricket Australia has Announced Its View on Transgender Policy

The primary transgender guideline is to appear in Australian elite cricket in the nearest future. On August, 8th, the Cricket Australia revealed the view on the future participation of players in team games with the affirmed sex if it differs from that obtained by birth.

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MSU DL Raequan Williams Has Great Ideas for Combating Gun Violence Epidemic

If you want Media Day pablum, then you have come to the wrong place.

For “we could be the best position group in the conference, and among the best in the country,” “I’m just blessed to be here/I’m so blessed,” “we try to get better today than we were yesterday” and other assorted meaningless word salad you can go elsewhere.

When you have a conversation with Michigan State senior defensive lineman Raequan Williams, a tremendously inspiring individual, you should focus on deeper, more important matters that go beyond football.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Won’t Be Charged in Las Vegas Sexual Assault Case

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Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will not face any criminal charges over the claims made against him by a Las Vegas woman last October. Kathryn Mayorga chose to go public last fall with claims that Ronaldo raped her in a Vegas hotel room in 2009. 

The DA for the district that includes Las Vegas has decided not to move forward with the case. “Based upon a review of the information presented at this time, the allegations of sexual assault against Cristiano Ronaldo cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt,” the district attorney’s office in Clark County, Nev said via a public statement:

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Revisiting the Worst of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics on the 23rd Anniversary

Happy 23rd anniversary of the start of the 1996 Summer Atlanta Olympics. To mark this occasion, we covered the most recent summer Olympiad staged in the United States on the latest episode of the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on the SB Nation/Vox Media/Hammer and Rails Podcast Network.

The Atlanta Olympics are infamous for the bombing, how the media ruined the life of Richard Jewell, the hero from that deplorable bombing, crass commercialization and events being staged at arguably the most racist location on Earth, Stone Mountain. The Atlanta Olympics also highlights one of the city’s biggest shames- extremist disposability of stadiums. Have a listen below:

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Nelson Rodriguez Praises Chicago Fire Fans for Not Doing Anti-Gay Chant

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Chicago Fire General Manager Nelson Rodriguez just completed the second of his three media roundtable Q&A sessions this year, and unfortunately, there wasn’t any real hard breaking news to emerge from it. Rodriguez was evasive on the topics of Head Coach Veljko Paunovic’s job security and the potential long term home for the team.

He didn’t offer much insight or news-worthy quotes when the topic turned to playing in Solider Field either. However, when asked about the infamous anti-gay chant that Mexican soccer fans make on goal kicks, he gave a strong, impassioned response.

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Potential Progress Against Homophobic Chant at Mexico Soccer Games?

Today marked the first day that FIFA’s updated disciplinary code went into effect and along with it harsher punishments for discrimination on the pitch, whether it’s from supporters or players. The global federation is seeking to stamp out the ugliness of racism and homophobia that exists within the beautiful game, and one of the main targets is a certain chant that you’re bound to hear, at least a few times, if you attend a Mexico national team game or watch it on television.

When the opposing goalkeeper kicks the ball away on a goal kick, all at once in a massive chorus, Mexico fans scream at the top of their lungs: “Eeeeeehhhhhhhhhh Puuuutoooo!”

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Britt McHenry Received Sexually Harassing Texts from FOX Co-Host

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According to a report released today, FOX News talking head and far right (you could also say “Alt-right,” depending on your definition of the word) pundit Britt McHenry received lewd, disgusting, sexually harassing text messages from a former co-host.

That former co-host would be Tyrus, an ex-WWE wrestler, Fox News contributor and a host on the network’s subscription streaming service Fox Nation. In June, the Daily Beast reported that former WWE wrestler Tyrus had been removed from his position because he had sexually harassed co-host Britt McHenry. 

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