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Jenny Kirk and Dave Lease denied Press Credential at SLC event

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by AJ Skatefan, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. Jammers

    Jammers Well-Known Member

    To be a part of mainstream media you have to have a certain amount of required professionalism and David at times comes off bitchy. Being snarky and making comments like David did about wanting to see Even Sarah and Rachael be put on an island does not make his case for being someone that should be taken seriously as a journalist right now. I watch and enjoy their show but they need to prove themselves and sometimes they come off rather childish.
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  2. BlueRidge

    BlueRidge AYS's snark-sponge

    In that case Phil Hersh shouldn't be taken seriously as a journalist either.
  3. spikydurian

    spikydurian Well-Known Member

    I stopped listening to their interviews after finding how bias and unprofessional their behavior could be. JMO.
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  4. essence_of_soy

    essence_of_soy Well-Known Member

    Space reasons? Were there capacity crowds at the SLC event last year?
  5. casken

    casken Well-Known Member

    They haven't, and this is 100% the right decision. If they "deserve" a press pass, any of us do.
  6. jamesy

    jamesy shut in

    I'm stuck on the phrase "skating glitterati" and can't stop imagining skaters shining like Twilight vampires.
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  7. my little pony

    my little pony war crawling into canada

    a shimmering, glowing star in the skating firmament
  8. Japanfan

    Japanfan Well-Known Member

    I agree - I don't find them professional. And Jen's voice is hard to listen to IMO - whiny. It is not her fault, but voice tone and quality are important when it comes to broadcast journalism.
  9. gkelly

    gkelly Well-Known Member

    From what we've been told by people who attended last year, there was room for spectators in the bleachers last year.

    But perhaps the real question is how much room there is "backstage" to accommodate journalists as well as the skaters and officials. This isn't a large arena where an event like Nationals or even Skate America would be held, so the facilities would be more limited and maybe they have to limit the number of media credentials more than they do at those higher-profile events.

    However, perhaps the (so-far scheduled) presence of a reigning Olympic champion at the first event of a new Olympic season has attracted more representatives of established mainstream media with audiences beyond skating fandom than the same event last year, leaving even less space available for online-only and skating-specific media, which are lower down on the priority list.

    Just guessing, along with everyone else in this thread.
  10. oliver

    oliver Member

    I agree. The 8/25 "This and That" was filled with critical, bitchy comments about Chritina Gao, Oda, Chan, Lysecek, Flatt, and anyone who dared to skate to music Jenny may have used. They do very good interviews but their catty, mean, childish comments undermine any professional journalism to which they might aspire.
  11. my little pony

    my little pony war crawling into canada

    i enjoy tsl. it's not nearly as bitchy as i would like it to be. i dont understand why fans only want genteel coverage. "real" sports have all kinds of commentary and fans pick and choose what they like. only allowing 1 kind of critique contributes to its niche status.
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  12. Rock2

    Rock2 Well-Known Member

    Does Phil Hersh actually attend events? Just wondering. He could write what he writes from watching on TV for the most part.

    Agreed, Jenny and Dave don't fit the criteria set out by USFSA. Also, TSL's M.O. is to have unfiltered commentary on any issue facing skaters or skating. Jenny herself jumped into her post-skating life by talking about her eating disorder, thus giving light to a dark side of skating. I'm sure the powers that be are loving that.

    I like TSL and appreciate the interviews, but I'm curious to know what brand of crack they are smoking that makes them think USFSA would embrace their official presence at a skating event?
  13. alchemy void

    alchemy void #VotePerkovaPOTS!

    As stodgy as the USFS is, I think this is their call to make and I totally agree with them.

    TSL's plea quoted in the first place to start an email campaign reads like it was written by a melodramatic 14 year old girl. You can be snarky and still be professional; TSL is decidedly not professional and absolutely not mainstream media. TSL is young, maybe it will evolve into a real force in the skating community. Right now it is not. Besides, as others have stated, nothing is stopping them from conducting interviews at the hotel, especially if they have already been lined up!
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  14. dots

    dots Well-Known Member

    How predictable of USFSA. :blah: No wonder the sport is going into the ground.
  15. Spun Silver

    Spun Silver Well-Known Member

    I agree somewhat about their "This and That" in that I decided never to watch it again because of the self-indulgent silliness. Then I watched it again (once) because they were talking about Mirai. I could not mount a defence of TSL as serious journalism based on "This and That" and I don't like Jenny's gushing voice either. (I'm sure she can speak pleasantly but for some reason she chooses to go cutesy.) Still - if only never-annoying, only-dead-serious journalists covered skating, its outreach to younger folks would suffer. Wait....

    Anyway, the participation of Ashley, Frank, Sandra, Tai, Jeremy et al all go to show that the skating world appreciates their work. Bloggers are now recognized players in the political arena, no reason why not the skating scene as well.

    I wrote to the USFS. Snarkily. I could blame it on Dave but I do tend to get snarky when I write "political" letters in a hurry.
  16. AndyWarhol

    AndyWarhol Well-Known Member

    Possibly if you also had over a million views of your blog.

    It is so short sighted of the USFSA to be like this. Living in the 1800s.
  17. Spun Silver

    Spun Silver Well-Known Member

  18. AndyWarhol

    AndyWarhol Well-Known Member

    Yes. I remember when the 2010 Olympics were on, we had "real" media coverage. They called one of the competitors a "poof". Very professional.
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  19. PDilemma

    PDilemma Well-Known Member

    If not giving press passes to bloggers and youtube sites is living in the 1800s then most of Major League Baseball, the NFL, the NBA and major college football is there with them.

    This is reality, not USFSA being mean or outdated. Media accreditation for most sporting events, professional performances, and other events requires more than having a blog with a lot of hits on your counter.
  20. valyrian

    valyrian New Member

    I'm torn about this.

    On the one hand, I am no fan of TSL. Dave Lease spent years on Aunt Joyce saying incredibly horrible things about figure skaters and gymnasts, most of whom were underage - he'd tell people to develop eating disorders, things like that. TSL isn't as awful, but the "snark" (really, rudeness masquerading as 'honesty') in This and That really needs to be toned down.

    On the other hand, TSL is obviously very popular (for a given value of "very") among skating fans, and it already has a solid reputation for exclusive interviews. As far as I know, it's the only non-USFSA media source dedicated to figure skating, and blogs/podcasts are an important part of the modern media landscape. Skaters seem to trust them, and they ask questions that Icenetwork doesn't think of. Monopolizing the skating media market and refusing to integrate modern media trends into coverage seems like a poor way to expand the sport's fanbase.

    If TSL had more staff and were more professional I'd say give them the accreditation in a heartbeat, but as of right now...? I'd go either way.
  21. TheIronLady

    TheIronLady Well-Known Member

    Can anybody in this thread who thinks popular blogs are not up to snuff for credentialing-- even in the 2010s--explain how school newspapers are?
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  22. ehdtkqorl123

    ehdtkqorl123 Active Member

  23. beepbeep

    beepbeep Brazilian Eurotrash

    School newspapers might contribute to someone actually learning something??

    And if that is the argument, it's a lame one.

    I like the TSL interviews, even with some :rolleyes: questions, and actually enjoyed Aunt Joyce's snarks, but those are not to be taken seriously. Want to be considered "go to media"? Act like it! (and I don't mean getting rid of the non PC humor).

    Or even better: meet the criteria, even if you think it's outdated. We wouldn't even be having this discussion. But what would be the fun of that? ;)
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2013
  24. lavenderblue

    lavenderblue Active Member

    Editorial (and institutional) oversight, for one.
  25. TheIronLady

    TheIronLady Well-Known Member


    So which it? Is it that TSL is an online site/blog or that they are sometimes snarky in their editorial segments (or in prior times and places...lol)? The variety of opinions given here by posters about TSL's worthiness for credentialing makes me even more curious what the USFSA decision makers believe to be the reason for denying a credential. Nobody here seems to believe it's "space issues."
  26. PDilemma

    PDilemma Well-Known Member

    No curiosity required. On the first page of this thread, morqet quotes the USFSA policy for issuing credentials to online media. TSL does not meet their requirements. They are not staffed by "full time employees" and likely cannot produce proof of traffic beyond a counter. It is not a personal snub of Jenny Kirk, nor is it motivated by their content. They simply do not meet the published criteria for receiving credentials.
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  27. TheIronLady

    TheIronLady Well-Known Member

    This is a valid point. Wasn't Christine Brennan denied credentialing at one point despite the oversight of USA Today--a leading newspaper for Olympic sports coverage? Because such sentiments have been expressed here, I fear beepbeep's crude "they might contribute to someone actually learning something" suggestion could be the actual thinking behind the judgment to deny TSL though.
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2013
  28. PDilemma

    PDilemma Well-Known Member

    Or it could be that they do not meet USFSA's published criteria for credentials for online media.
  29. essence_of_soy

    essence_of_soy Well-Known Member

    From memory, The Manleywoman SkateCast has applied for USFSA accreditation and been denied as well.

    For the record, having attended events as a credentialed member of the media, press conference protocol loses its appeal pretty quickly. The cookie-cutter nature of Q & A is little more than asking a skater or team what they thought of their performance, what they are skating to, and who they are wearing.

    TSL would certainly shake things up with their line of questioning. How they would find their voice in the mix is another story altogether.
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  30. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

    David Lease and Jenny Kirk are rank amateurs when it comes to snark, bitchiness, and demeaning comments when compared to many, almost always male, sports commentators on TV and radio, all of whom are considered professionals, Dick Button among them. Have they really said anything worse than calling a skater a "refrigerator break"?