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    compare these headlines, USAToday vs. ESPN

    USA Today:
    "College football a bit off track due to penalties and scandals"
    "BCS TV RATINGS DOWN"
    "BRENNAN: COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S DIRTY SEASON"
    "LOPRESTI: GREAT ENDING TO PERFECT SEASON" (have to have a counter point)
    "Penalties, scandals highlight irregular season"
    "TELL US: Is Auburn your No. 1 team?"
    "Cam Newton's father Cecil may have been at BCS game after all"
    "Dirty season finishes in fitting style"
    "Dark cloud hangs over BCS title game"

    ESPN:
    "Take a bow"
    "Auburn Rules"
    "Defense Rules: Statement Game"
    "Auburn tips Ducks for BCS title"
    "BCS title game draws record cable TV rating"
    "AD: No. 2 TCU embracing 'imperfect system"
    "Ducks went down swingin"
    "Title game followed twisted season" (only article/headline I could find on espn today that even touched on the obvious controversy of both the bogus system and pro players, but the story only briefly mentions Cam's money and the OSU five.)

    It's every bit as bad as the blatantly fake news spin at MSNBC and Fox News. Obviously ESPN has an investment to protect by shooting rainbows out their *** regarding the whole mess. I'm no expert on USA Today's interests or if they have broadcasting ties, but they clearly find the controversy and lack of true champion more interesting than celebrating Cam's cash grab championship.


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    Re: compare these headlines, USAToday vs. ESPN

    It does appear that Auburn and tOSU were treated a little differently than say an ISU or Iowa would be.



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    Re: compare these headlines, USAToday vs. ESPN

    Quote Originally Posted by HFCS View Post
    USA Today:
    "College football a bit off track due to penalties and scandals"
    "BCS TV RATINGS DOWN"
    "BRENNAN: COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S DIRTY SEASON"
    "LOPRESTI: GREAT ENDING TO PERFECT SEASON" (have to have a counter point)
    "Penalties, scandals highlight irregular season"
    "TELL US: Is Auburn your No. 1 team?"
    "Cam Newton's father Cecil may have been at BCS game after all"
    "Dirty season finishes in fitting style"
    "Dark cloud hangs over BCS title game"

    ESPN:
    "Take a bow"
    "Auburn Rules"
    "Defense Rules: Statement Game"
    "Auburn tips Ducks for BCS title"
    "BCS title game draws record cable TV rating"
    "AD: No. 2 TCU embracing 'imperfect system"
    "Ducks went down swingin"
    "Title game followed twisted season" (only article/headline I could find on espn today that even touched on the obvious controversy of both the bogus system and pro players, but the story only briefly mentions Cam's money and the OSU five.)

    It's every bit as bad as the blatantly fake news spin at MSNBC and Fox News. Obviously ESPN has an investment to protect by shooting rainbows out their *** regarding the whole mess. I'm no expert on USA Today's interests or if they have broadcasting ties, but they clearly find the controversy and lack of true champion more interesting than celebrating Cam's cash grab championship.
    I stopped using ESPN for anything other than raw stats a long, long time ago. Their "journalism" is a joke.


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    Re: compare these headlines, USAToday vs. ESPN

    What about these headlines, then? What's their incentive to spin?


    CBS Sports:
    "Greatness Confirmed"
    "Soar Eagle"
    "Auburn's title finishes off dreams of teams past."
    "Auburn's Newton claims redemption and title"

    Fox Sports:

    "Title Time"
    "Perfect Ending"
    "Take a Bow"

    CNNSI

    "SEC Reigns Supreme"
    "Despite Oregon's best efforts, SEC team again hoists crystal football."
    "Dyer's run defines Auburn's magical season."


    My point is, of course there is bias. It's a money game, after all. But, you've got tunnel vision, man.


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    Re: compare these headlines, USAToday vs. ESPN

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Janny View Post
    What about these headlines, then? What's their incentive to spin?


    CBS Sports:
    "Greatness Confirmed"
    "Soar Eagle"
    "Auburn's title finishes off dreams of teams past."
    "Auburn's Newton claims redemption and title"

    Fox Sports:

    "Title Time"
    "Perfect Ending"
    "Take a Bow"

    CNNSI

    "SEC Reigns Supreme"


    My point is, of course there is bias. It's a money game, after all. But, you've got tunnel vision, man.
    Not saying I necessarily believe this, but you asked for incentive to spin and here is what I came up with:

    CBSSports - owns the rights to many SEC football games. From a marketing and advertising standpoint SEC football fans are similar to NASCAR fans in the sense that they are (from the south) extremely brand loyal. It isn't surprising at all to see CBSSports' headlines all pertaining to the crowning of another SEC Champion.

    Fox Sports - While they lost out on the TV rights the last go-round to air the BCS games, they wouldn't want to shoot themselves in the foot and draw attention to the imperfections of the BCS system and thus potentially rule themselves out of the race during the next contract negotiations.

    CNNSI - Unless my brief research and memory is way off, CNN is owned by Turner Broadcasting. Turner is based in Atlanta, or right in the heart of SEC country. Also, while it is just happening in basketball as of now, Turner appears to be beefing up their sports broadcasting.



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    Re: compare these headlines, USAToday vs. ESPN

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Janny View Post
    What about these headlines, then? What's their incentive to spin?


    CBS Sports:
    "Greatness Confirmed"
    "Soar Eagle"
    "Auburn's title finishes off dreams of teams past."
    "Auburn's Newton claims redemption and title"

    Fox Sports:

    "Title Time"
    "Perfect Ending"
    "Take a Bow"

    CNNSI

    "SEC Reigns Supreme"
    "Despite Oregon's best efforts, SEC team again hoists crystal football."
    "Dyer's run defines Auburn's magical season."


    My point is, of course there is bias. It's a money game, after all. But, you've got tunnel vision, man.
    Well, CBS is heavily SEC biased due to their uber-lucrative TV contract, but I don't know about Fox or CNN.


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    Re: compare these headlines, USAToday vs. ESPN

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Janny View Post
    What about these headlines, then? What's their incentive to spin?


    CBS Sports:
    "Greatness Confirmed"
    "Soar Eagle"
    "Auburn's title finishes off dreams of teams past."
    "Auburn's Newton claims redemption and title"

    Fox Sports:

    "Title Time"
    "Perfect Ending"
    "Take a Bow"

    CNNSI

    "SEC Reigns Supreme"


    My point is, of course there is bias. It's a money game, after all. But, you've got tunnel vision, man.
    Yes. Because my post said that every headline by every outlet in the world today is 100% spin. Someone else takes a little initiative to collect some interesting headline disparities and you **** on it out of spite. Weak sauce.

    I thought of the major media outlets, then guessed who would have the most (ESPN) and least (USAToday) to gain by covering or covering up college football's controversy. The findings are pretty predictable and pretty obvious. ESPN's "journalism" is as obvious as the drivel on MSNBC and Fox News that mindless zombies slurp up daily.

    Since you're flying off on a tangent of all encompassing bias/spin, yes all outlets have it to a varying degree. It's impossible to cover anything in this world without bias. If I run one story that says "Sky is Blue" I am biased by not covering all the other things in the world. It's all about degree, with ESPN and USA Today you have a pretty heavy degree of spin in opposite directions.

    CBS clearly would rather have the SEC and National Champion be a good story than Reggie Bush 2.0 which is a lot more likely in reality. They carry SEC football. I'm not saying they're purely spinning because I don't follow CBS enough outside of sports broadcasts to have a clue about their online journalism.


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    Re: compare these headlines, USAToday vs. ESPN

    Quote Originally Posted by HFCS View Post
    Yes. Because my post said that every headline by every outlet in the world today is 100% spin. Someone else takes a little initiative to collect some interesting headline disparities and you **** on it out of spite. Weak sauce.

    I thought of the major media outlets, then guessed who would have the most (ESPN) and least (USAToday) to gain by covering or covering up college football's controversy. The findings are pretty predictable and pretty obvious. ESPN's "journalism" is as obvious as the drivel on MSNBC and Fox News that mindless zombies slurp up daily.

    Since you're flying off on a tangent of all encompassing bias/spin, yes all outlets have it to a varying degree. It's impossible to cover anything in this world without bias. If I run one story that says "Sky is Blue" I am biased by not covering all the other things in the world. It's all about degree, with ESPN and USA Today you have a pretty heavy degree of spin in opposite directions.

    CBS clearly would rather have the SEC and National Champion be a good story than Reggie Bush 2.0 which is a lot more likely in reality. They carry SEC football. I'm not saying they're purely spinning because I don't follow CBS enough outside of sports broadcasts to have a clue about their online journalism.

    I think it's time you were fitted for a tinfoil hat. What do you take, about a 9?


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    Re: compare these headlines, USAToday vs. ESPN

    SPORTSbyBROOKS Photo: Cecil Newton Attended The BCS Title Game

    Heart warming. Kirk Herbstreit is probably somewhere talking about what an incredible job these two did "overcoming adversity during the course of the season." Makes me want to puke.



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    Re: compare these headlines, USAToday vs. ESPN

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Janny View Post
    I think it's time you were fitted for a tinfoil hat. What do you take, about a 9?



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    Re: compare these headlines, USAToday vs. ESPN

    Quote Originally Posted by HFCS View Post

    Here are some other news outlets that appear to be in on the conspiracy.

    Scout.com:
    "Simply Put, the better team won."

    LA Times:
    "BCS Title game is one for the ages"

    Yahoo Sports:
    "Show of Strength"
    "Dyer, Tigers reaffirm SEC's stranglehold"


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