FSU *has* applied for press passes in the past. AFAIK it doesn't any more. I think FSU's purpose is clear. TSL's - maybe not so much. But it seems to me that deciding to do day-to-day coverage of an event and applying for press credentials are pretty obvious signs of positioning as journalism.The only clear goals I have heard them repeatedly state is that they would like to give a platform for skaters to speak honestly and that they would like to promote discussion of any kind about skating. The latter half of that is precisely what FSU seeks to do. Hasn't it been said in this thread that FSU has applied for press passes? Again, the lines aren't so clear.
There's no irony in questioning the predominantly nasty and petty tone and content of a stream of criticism.In any case, whether the motives be journalistic or not, there is some irony in criticizing others who criticize skaters on a board that is filled with skater critiques.