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Questions fro Phil Hersh?

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by manleywoman, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. Scrufflet

    Scrufflet Well-Known Member

    I would like to know what he likes about skating. And if he tries to slip into a negative response, yank him back and make him say something positive!
  2. CantALoop

    CantALoop Well-Known Member

    Will he give a shout-out to FSUniverse since it seems he gets half of his material or article ideas from here? :D
  3. misskarne

    misskarne #AustraliaForTheTeamEvent

    Dear Mr Hersh: Since you seem to hate figure skating so much nowadays, can I have your job?

    Genuine question: Why are the Americans so fixated on the idea that ONLY a lady can be a superstar and having a ladies medallist is ALL that matters?
  4. SkateFan66

    SkateFan66 Active Member

    Snarky, sarcastic comments....bitching and complaining....you just described 50% of the content that figure skating fans post on internet message boards, Facebook, and Twitter. I find it ironic that some people are bashing Hersh for writing negative comments about skaters, yet they seem to condone the deragatory, snarky, petty, and mean spirited comments that have unfortunately come to be too prevelant on the internet.

    I don't agree with all of Hersh's opinons. However, I am thankful that he gives the sport some coverage. Can he be overly critical at times? Yes; however, I don't see his opinions as being any more negative than a lot of sports commentary that I read and/or hear on sports talk radio.
  5. danafan

    danafan Canadian ladies ├╝ber

    I would like to ask him what role he thinks social media plays in journalism. For example he has mentioned skaters in his tweets and not always positively (for example when Rippon changed coaches, he tweeted and mentioned Rippon, saying maybe the problem was him and not the coaches; and when Korpi withdrew from worlds, he mentioned her in his tweet about how the US chances to regain three spots went up because of her withdrawal).

    I know the Korpi tweet caused a lot of :rolleyes: here, and I'm curious what he thinks about that.
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2013
  6. Skittl1321

    Skittl1321 Well-Known Member

    I'm interested in the social media thing too. It's like he doesn't make the connection that there are real people behind those names he links to.
  7. sunvalleygirl

    sunvalleygirl New Member

    I emailed him once to let him know he did a very thorough job on an article I had read (with lots of information I had never read before on figure skating) and he sent me a very nice reply. I've read just about everything on figure skating for years and in that one article I had learned many facts about the inside dealings of how figure skating operates as a business. I'm sure he gets lots of emails so it was impressive he sent me such a thoughtful note.
  8. overedge

    overedge Janny uber

    Phil gets paid to write news about the sport, not to be snarky and inaccurate. That's a very important difference.
  9. manleywoman

    manleywoman podcast mistress

    Though lets face it: the snarkier you are, the more press/coverage/retweets/etc you get. That's been proven for decades, in every media. It's actually something I personally am not interested in, but I recognize I'd have more fans and followers if I were snarkier. There's a reason people went to sources like Perez Hilton for celebrity news over and over, even if they dismissed Hilton publicly.

    Thanks all for the great questions and keep them coming. Many are some of the same ones I had as well. He's generously invited me to his house tomorrow for the interview, so we could do it in person. :) I plan on addressing why it seems like someone from skating peed in his cornflakes :lol:, but I hope to do it respectfully. I'm thrilled to be doing this one since I've been asking him since last Fall. :)
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2013
  10. fenway2

    fenway2 Well-Known Member

    Ask him if he feels pressure from his bosses to be more lenient on skaters from his area of the woods?

    I'd also like to know how he handles having favorites and being forced to report on them. He's forever made excuses for Alissa Czisny but doesn't have a problem being harder on other skaters for less disastrous performances.

    Does he regret his behavior at the 2001 Skate America press conference. He and Christine Brennan were very harsh toward Michelle Kwan.

    Does he ever cheer for or against a skater to skate well/or poorly for the sake of a good story?

    Has he felt any pressure from his bosses to focus less on skating?

    Has any skater ever confronted him about a rude comment he made?

    Why was he so harsh to Jenny Kirk by not calling her a real journalist. How does he respond to people saying he felt threatened by her column?

    On that note, has he ever apologized to any athlete for anything he wrote?

    Aside from the tired but true examples, Bowman, Bobek and Harding, who had the talent to become a bigger star but didn't? Has he predicted a skater to have huge success but didn't? Has the opposite happened?

    Thanks for the podcasts, Manleywoman. Keep up the good work!
  11. Clay

    Clay Well-Known Member

    ....well , Kwan invited him to her wedding. I guess they have dealt with it.
  12. fenway2

    fenway2 Well-Known Member

    Doesn't mean he can't regret it still.
  13. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    Where does figure skating currently rank among all the Olympic sports he covers? Which sports are his favorite to write about at the moment and why?
  14. kwanette

    kwanette Fetalized since 1998

    Thanks, looking forward to hearing this. I sent a question on your FB page.
  15. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    kwanette, I've wondered about that as well.
    I'll be interested in his response.
  16. manleywoman

    manleywoman podcast mistress

    Last chance for questions! I have a ton already, but just in case someone out there has one, please add. Thanks. :)
  17. ehdtkqorl123

    ehdtkqorl123 Active Member

    1. What competitions is he planning to attend this upcoming season? Is he going to Sochi as well?
    2. What made him interested in Figure Skating? Which skater?
    3. Does he skate? How good is he?
    4. His favorite skating techniques or his pet peeves?
    5. Has he been to any ice shows recently? If so, what?
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2013
  18. peibeck

    peibeck Simply looking

    Not a skating related question, but I'd like to know if he thinks the recent events in Boston will effect the face/security plans already in effect for Sochi?
  19. gkelly

    gkelly Well-Known Member

    Is there a place in print journalism for educating readers about skating technique -- what is actually being judged?
  20. SkateFan66

    SkateFan66 Active Member

    I don't know of many journalist that write with the purpose of educating the readers on the technique of the sport that they are writing about. Most of the time, the journalist report the results of the sporting event and/or offer their opinions as to why the team/athlete achieved the results. In most cases, much praise is given when discussing good/great results; and much criticism is given when the results are not good or not as good as expected.
  21. dardar1126

    dardar1126 Well-Known Member

  22. julieann

    julieann Well-Known Member

    Message boards and other social media outlets are one thing; hearing it from a Yale graduate who writes for the Chicago Trib is quite another. He should be far more professional than most people who casually surf the internet.
  23. RickInSanJose

    RickInSanJose Active Member

    Exactly how were Phil and the other guests "sworn to secrecy" regarding Michelle's wedding date? Was that admonition printed on the wedding invitations?
  24. MarciajsR

    MarciajsR Member

    I am interested in his views on what can be done about the lack of TV and other media coverage for many sports, including figure skating. Little gymnastics, diving, speed skating, cross country sking etc. In the past we had " The Wide World of Sports" which gave coverage to many different sports. Now we seem have limited exposure to lots of sports and kids and parents are less aware they or their children have other options. Socially accepted sports seem to have been limited by media coverage, which is also based on add revenues. We have Mcfootball, Mcbasketball, Mcgolf etc.
  25. Iceman

    Iceman Well-Known Member

    Should the ISU, some federations and the alleged dubious practices of judges (score manipulation, etc) be investigated by an independent body?
  26. CantALoop

    CantALoop Well-Known Member

    ^This. There are stupid trolls all over the internet, but they aren't held to professional standards of journalistic conduct.
  27. TheIronLady

    TheIronLady Well-Known Member

    Ask him if he ever thinks twice about expressing such strong opinions.
  28. fscric

    fscric Active Member

    Ask him how would he feel if someone tweeted that Phil Hersh is a disgrace to journalism with @olyphil?
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  29. ehdtkqorl123

    ehdtkqorl123 Active Member

    Ask him if he is willing to have a live-chat debate with some FSU members?
  30. manleywoman

    manleywoman podcast mistress

    Hey guys. The interview was this afternoon, so some of those last questions didn't get to me in time, but we covered a LOT of ground. The interview is about 90 minutes long, and honestly we both could have talked a lot longer but we had to cut it short (if you can call 90 minutes short :lol:). In short: it was awesome. It was a blast talking with him. We covered his thoughts on judging (both 6.0 and IJS) and the misuse of PCS scores, the decline of popularity in skating in the US, Michelle Kwan, his "rivalry" with Christine Brennan, use of social media, whether or not he reads FSU :p, and much much more. It was great.

    And he showed me some really amazing items in his house: all his numerous press passes, and the most :eek: item of all: I guess I never realized that this item would end up anywhere but a trash can! If you can't see it on Facebook, here it is on Twitter.
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