Newswatch Thomas Griffith: When the Game Is Name

Winston Churchill once said, 'There is no such thing as public opinion; there is only published opinion." If the remark is right rather than merely clever, then the press has a lot to do with whose opinion gets heard. In a way, it does. The press spends much of its time badgering one set of people (politicians, coaches, businessmen) who may at the moment be reluctant to comment, and the rest of the time fending off others (politicians, performers, promoters) all too eager to draw attention to themselves. Those avoiding the press, or avoided by the press, are apt to...

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