Favre and the media coverage

Heard an interesting conversation on talk radio today regarding the Brett Favre “sexting” scandal and how the media has covered it.

Brett Favre

Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre loves playing the media game in the offseason. Right now, he probably wishes he could avoid the media. Associated Press photo

It’s one of those topics where people seem really torn on the subject. I’ve heard compelling cases from people saying it’s been over-covered, and I’ve heard just as many say it hasn’t been covered enough.

As for my take? I don’t know. I think I’m leaning toward it being under-covered, only because the Minnesota Vikings quarterback is such a big name in the NFL.

I would say there hasn’t been as much coverage of this as there was of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the sexual assault allegations against him. But that’s comparing apples and oranges to some degree. Sexual assault and sexting are too very, VERY different things.

It’s impossible to know what’s true and what’s now with the Favre allegations. But that’s not for the media to decide. It’s more of a, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” and you report what can be reported if it’s noteworthy to readers.

It’s interesting how Favre has spent much of the last three offseasons toying with the media, doing the whole “Well I retire, or won’t I?” dance that he does. And the media – notably ESPN – eats it up.

I’m sure right now, though, he wouldn’t mind hiding from that spotlight he used to embrace so much.

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