Richard Sherman vs. Marshawn Lynch: Why America Hates the Media

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After the NFC Championship game, Richard Sherman had one of the most memorable postgame interviews you will ever see. Any spots fan has undoubtedly seen the footage, but just in case, here you go.

Then, on Media Day 2014 at the Super Bowl, Marshawn Lynch, perhaps Seattle’s most recognizable athlete, did a complete 180 on the Sherman interview by nearly ducking every question he heard. In fact, he publically stated that the only reason he came out of the tunnel at Media Day was to avoid a $100,000 fine. Here is all Lynch said:

This whole week, ESPN and other news outlets have been making these two reactions a key story leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII. Let me hit you with a news flash: THIS IS NOT NEWS.

Coming out of journalism school, my professors warned me that the public loses more trust in journalists every day. Not only do they not trust us anymore, but they completely ignore us all together. Honestly, I don’t blame the public when major outlets such as ESPN creates a story where there wasn’t one in the first place.

And how about those interviewers that kept asking questions? Journalists are taught to go out and find the story, not create one themselves. Well, they certainly did here with Lynch. They should have moved on and let him be. They created a story because they knew it would drive eyeballs. I know every publication in the world is doing this nowadays, but I still have a right to point it out when I see it.

Shame on all of you.

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