QUOTE(salvador @ Jul 25 2007, 08:13 PM) [snapback]351062[/snapback]
I knew someone was going to pick up on that. I guess it makes sense that it was Hype.
I'm not sure that I see the conflict as long as it's disclosed. One of the things I've always liked about Boxingtalk is that it tends to go easy on the fighters on the front page and lets the message boarders do all the ripping. I like that strategy because it gives the site access to the fighters while at the same time the truth is always told (or at least something resembling a logical interpretation of the sport's grey areas). If a boxing website was going to pride itself on reporting all the inside info - particularly about which fighters are ducking each other (and calling them and their promoters out on it) and who is strong arming who, then the conflict would be ugly. But no one does that (and Boxingtalk doesn't pretend to do that) because no one would ever get access to fighers or promoters.
If we're going to get all high and mighty and really make a name for ourselves as a credible website that follows boxing the way the NY Times follows politics (and I would be all for it, as there is nothing I like more than riding my moral high horse and pointing at the bad guy), we should be focused on exposing the real villains of boxing: Arum, King, Shaw, HBO, ect. It would be a great idea for a site, as there is an infinite amount of blatant corruption that needs to be exposed and in exposing the corruption, we'd be making a very positive and much needed impact on the sport. The times could have their dirty politicians, we could have our dirty promoters. I know which I'd find more interesting. But somehow, given that there is such a serious concentration of power in the sport, I think we'd be shut out of every meaningful event, including interviews.
Personally, I'd like to know how in the hell it's possible that Joshua Clottey, after destroying Corrales and putting up a hell of a fight against Margarito, is fighting Felix Flores on the UNDERCARD of Fields/Boswell on the Versus network next month! Arum fucked Margarito by keeping him on all those rediculous ppvs and now he's really fucking Clottey. Clottey should get Cintron, Williams, Cotto, Judah or SOMEONE with a name. Websites should be screaming bloody murder over this one because it's clear that no one wants to fight Clottey and Arum's got him on the back burner until Cotto falters.
It's a conflict of interests for a member of the media to be providing "advice" to someone that they are supposed to be objectively covering in the news.
Just like it's a conflict of interests for newspapers to endorse political candidates.
The purpose of the media/news is to provide information about events, without bias.
Now that Greg is advising Ishe Smith, it becomes in his best interest to give Ishe more coverage and to slant the coverage in a positive light.
When you own a media outlet, but are providing advisory services to the people that your outlet is supposed to be reporting on, it absolutely presents a conflict of interests.