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19TH HOLE: The readers take over
May 04, 1959
THE SPORTS PAGE (CONT.): LETTER FROM A SPORTING NEWSHENSirs:As the wife of a sportswriter, the friend of many others, a former newspaperwoman, the first to crack the sanctity of Denver's press box, I'm stung to a reply to your What's with the Sports Page? (SI, April 6).
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May 04, 1959

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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THE SPORTS PAGE (CONT.): LETTER FROM A SPORTING NEWSHEN
Sirs:
As the wife of a sportswriter, the friend of many others, a former newspaperwoman, the first to crack the sanctity of Denver's press box, I'm stung to a reply to your What's with the Sports Page? (SI, April 6).

To answer the managing editors point by point:

Tendencies to slant the news in favor of the home team....

This is an error? Who has the best team? The one in your home town or the rival 20 miles away? What sportswriter worth his salt would give the benefit to the neighboring team in his own paper?

To accept publicity handouts in place of digging for stories of their own....

So what? Many handouts simply give lineups, weights, previous ratings, etc. Handouts are rewritten in practically every instance, with slanted or objectionable material edited out.

Many good behind-the-scenes stories are killed because of untoward pressures....

Yes. And many times that pressure comes from management itself. Does the managing editor want his readers to know that the star of the basketball team has a father who's been jailed for drunkenness?

When sports becomes a hard news item...we assign a city-side reporter....

Few sportswriters of my acquaintance haven't at one time or another written for city-side and so are even better qualified to handle sports scandals or other "hard news" because they, being in the sports department, know the background and angles and all the people involved.

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