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The Blunty I almost wrote

Posted May 21, 2013 into Blunty by John Birmingham

Todays blog over at BT was an attempt to have a bit of fun with a dodgy bit of research about racism. Nothing could go wrong with that, eh?

It was my second choice of topic, but got moved up because of the clickbait potential. What I had been thinking of writing was a stirling defence of Dave Warner's freedom to call a News Ltd dick a News Ltd dick.

Warner's been in trouble since letting loose on the twitterz, early morning his time, somewhere in India, and having a red hot go at Robert Craddock and Malcolm Conn, cricket writers for Lord Rupert. Warner was pissed, pretty reasonably I reckon, at his photo being used in a story about IPL cheats. No reason to use his photo. He's not a cheat. Some photo editor just liked the image, I guess. But Warner, woken at omigod-thirty in the AM about it went nuclear on Craddock and Conn.

They hit back, as you do, but he's the one in the shit because he's 'a public figure' and a representative of Australian cricket.

So now he has the chance to be doubly pissed off with that story because he's getting hauled up before the discipline master at CA for being rude to journalists in public.

Fuck that. Those two need to grow a thicker skin, as no doubt they tell every player they write about.

Anyway, that's what I was going to do today. Before I got distracted by derp.

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beeso is gonna tell you...

Posted May 21, 2013

First of all, sure he can go ballistic about the pic being used, but surely just about every sportsman has a basic level of knowledge that a writer doesn't pick the photo or headline.

Secondly, Craddock and Conn have fuck all to do with the CA discipline. That will be cause CA had warner down as a potential leader and leaders don't usually have a whine on twitter after a thousand beers in a corrupt pointless comp in india.

Lastly, his actions actually reinforced what Craddock wrote, which is that no cricketer comes back from the IPL a better player, technically, fitness wise or mentally.

albion love den reckons...

Posted May 21, 2013
Agree with you entirely, Beeso.

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w from brisbane is gonna tell you...

Posted May 21, 2013

Another storm in a groin cup.

There was implied criticism of Warner's morals. Who's going to like that?
Warner says he is pissed off. Actually, we assumed that.

Robert Craddock said he has no complaints, particularly as he has spent decades trying to get cricketers to speak their mind,

Matthew Conn went into bat for his mate, Craddock. But it was all pretty mild stuff.

Nothing new here. When I next meet with my sports obsessed pals, I am confident that this will not be mentioned. It will not be of interest.

The media will invest it with false significance to create easy content.

But, Cricket Australia will have to act because of corporate image issues, like any business. Little in this story, but what if a drunken cricketer tweeted something really inappropriate in an attempt to be witty while in foreign climes.
Could be very serious. Twitter does have a potential for trouble that is highlighted by this bit of nothing. For example, tweet about the Thai Royal family in Thailand and you might be in a lot of trouble.

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Barnesm mumbles...

Posted May 21, 2013

"for being rude to journalists in public" isn't that what parliement house is for?

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Darth Greybeard swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 21, 2013

"sterling" defence. Just sayin'.

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John Birmingham asserts...

Posted May 21, 2013

Yeah yeah yeah. Everyone is keen to hook into Warner, but nobody is paying any attention to the circumtances uner which this news came to his attention and he went ballistic. He gets woken in the small hours of the morning by a mate telling him he's been featured in a story on cheating.

Wake me up at 2AM and tell me the Oz has splashed my image across a story about plagiarism and see what happens.

Or Dr Yobbo in a story about scientific fraud. Or Beeso in a story about farmers who lie about being organic.

Or whatever your particular bag is.

The human response is to go apeshit. Sure, after an hour so you might want to calm down. And by the time the sun comes up you need to be making your apologies (and, incidentally, accepting one from Rupert).

But nobody really bothered factoring in why he'd gone off. The story, especially in News Ltd, was about the twitter rant. The first couple of stories I read made it look like he'd gone berserk at some simple criticism of his form. Now that would be wrothy of a disciplinary hearing.

I just think someone in the media needed to take an opposing view to the lynch mob.

w from brisbane has opinions thus...

Posted May 21, 2013

You wanted to take an opposing view, but THEY stopped you.
It's a CONSPIRACY, I tells ya!

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beeso asserts...

Posted May 21, 2013

Someone in the media did, Craddock himself said he understood why Warner was upset. Nothing wrong with the response from the guy, but a smarter player would've done it a different way, as the panel suggested on Offsiders.

Be pretty easy to give an interview to a fairfax journo and have a crack than through twitter.

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted May 21, 2013

Yes it would, but at 2 in the morning I don't know that we can expect him to be thinking that cooly.

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted May 21, 2013

What he probably shold have done was instructed his lawyers to sue for deffo. News would have settled for 20-50K. They've done it before.

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w from brisbane has opinions thus...

Posted May 21, 2013

In a nice counterpoint to the Blunty you wrote, some of the criticism of Warner has been along the lines of, what would you expect of a bogan.
Bogan bashing, seems to be becoming a safe place for those you like to demean others based upon ignorant stereotype.

w from brisbane ducks in to say...

Posted May 21, 2013

Correction:
Bogan bashing, seems to be becoming a safe place for those who like to demean others based upon ignorant stereotype.

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Quokka is gonna tell you...

Posted May 21, 2013

I expect mannners, grace and poise from Bogans.

Invariably I am disappointed.

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theangrywarden ducks in to say...

Posted May 21, 2013

I'm not aware of any complaint made to CA by the journalists (correct me if I'm wrong). This is CA acting off it's own bat (thanks again, Pun-o-Matic), so telling the journos to grow a thicker skin is misguided.

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Indolent ducks in to say...

Posted May 21, 2013

However tempting it is to use this opportunity to disparage News Ltd, it's not Craddock and Conn you should be having a go at. As I understand it they have not complained about the matter. It's those sanctimonious arbiters of proper behavior, Cricket Australia, who are the freedom of speech villans in this piece.

Warner had every right to twitter away. I would have done the same thing. CA has no right to punish him for excercising that right.

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Anthony puts forth...

Posted May 21, 2013

You won't get much respons to your racism story over at The Age. Comments aren't enabled and the link to the Blunty articles on the National Times page still shows the CWA story. Someone over there doesn't like you...

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted May 21, 2013

More likely, somebody over there hasn't had their breakfast donut yet.

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Brother PorkChop mutters...

Posted May 21, 2013

Would have preferred the Warner story maybe with a comment from Warnie regarding the pros and cons of Twitter v Texting.

As for racism, no thanks but yes I am at times. is it racist or just intolerant to dislike all black fans?

theangrywarden mumbles...

Posted May 21, 2013

It's DEFINITELY racist to dislike all black fans. DislikingAll Blacks fans is probably ok though...

Brother PorkChop would have you know...

Posted May 22, 2013

Laziness on my part. And perfectly correct, yes, All Balck fans.

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Matt mutters...

Posted May 21, 2013

The Craddock story was quite brave and sensible and it's target was quite obviously crooked IPL shadeys and loose BCCI dingbatters regardless if any accompanying picture.

Warner needn't have said boo.

But I guess he ain't that kinda guy. Discerning, that is.

If he wanted to isolate himself from the dodgy IPL tar brush, Twitter wasn't ever going to help.

As with his batting, suspect young Dave swung first, thought nil.

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BigWillieStyle would have you know...

Posted May 21, 2013

One of Conn's (or was it Craddock?) assertions was that no player comes back from the IPL a better cricketer, and finds it difficult to translate skills honed in T20 into the Test arena. This argument assumes that every IPL player regards Test cricket as the pinnacle of their sport. I'd argue that very few of them do. If a player is receiving $750k for a few weeks' work in a T20 competition that doesn't mean anything, why wouldn't they prioritise it over Test cricket? Just because the likes of Conn and Craddock get all misty-eyed about Test cricket doesn't mean Warner, or indeed any player, has to. They're the ones playing the game, surely they have the right to forge their career in the manner of their choosing.

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted May 21, 2013

Zactly.

JBtoo would have you know...

Posted May 21, 2013

If Warner doesn't rate test cricket he shouldn't be playing it. Indeed, one could argue on his recent form, he shouldn't be playing it.

Jayanthi's Atomic Cat ducks in to say...

Posted May 21, 2013
Is there some analogy here to the Dan Brown thread? He's playing the game, and forging his career in a manner of his own choosing...for lots of money and damn the critics! Are literary novels and test cricket a fair comparison? <sticks out tongue>

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Hewy ducks in to say...

Posted May 21, 2013

I reckon the issue is that no one is taking Conn to task on this...

So, Craddock writes a dark piece on the underbelly of the IPL which tangentially links Dave Warner.

Then, Warner fires up on twitter at Craddock regarding the suggestion he is involved, using some choice language.

And then, Conn jumps in with a nasty comment to Warner. In the cold light of day, Conn's nasty comment can be seen purely and simply as flamebait. Warner wasn't targeting Conn and his problem was with Crash's article. Conn's troll achieved it's aim: fired up Warner and put Conn in the news and got him to appear gracious by suggesting he likes it when cricketers speaks their mind.

Whislt trolling like that is to be expected across the internet, for one of the key sports writers in that organisation, such trolling just leaves a nasty taste in the mouth. Especially when he wasn't actually involved in the "story", but did it to place himself in the middle of the story - and effectively change the story. Not sure I call that journalism.

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted May 21, 2013

That is one of the most interesting reads of this story I've yet seen. Hadn't thought about it from that angle, but find it hard to disagree.

w from brisbane has opinions thus...

Posted May 21, 2013

These people travel the world together. They often stay at the same hotel. It was not an exchange between strangers.

I don't think Conn trolled. He just fired up when he felt his mate and profession was copping a serve. A fair exchange. I think Occam's razor works with this one.

Hewy mumbles...

Posted May 21, 2013

I'm not really saying that there was a complex masterplan from Conn, just that he sent a nasty 'play the man' tweet which essentially flipped the whole story. He would have certainly hoped for some reaction, but he couldn't have dreamed for it to play out any better for him (and the Oz).

I reckon a journo rattling the cage when they can sniff a story satisfies Occam's razor :-)

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Therbs mutters...

Posted May 21, 2013

Craddock and Conn should have not engaged. As journalists they were better off letting their columns do the talking. Classless, by all parties.

w from brisbane mumbles...

Posted May 21, 2013

And hooray for that!, because Australia is a classless society.

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Jayanthi's Atomic Cat mumbles...

Posted May 21, 2013
Just enjoyin' chillin' in the spiritual hot tub...Peace, y'all.

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 21, 2013

The spiritual hot tub is one warm motherfuckin karmic bath.

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wonk_arama ducks in to say...

Posted May 22, 2013

A story about corruption in the IPL and critical of 'the behavour of a young Australian player in India' has shot of Warner. Warner is not mentioned by name but it's not hard to to think that people might draw a connection from the juxtaposition.

Warner's reaction has cost him $5,750. Poorly handled by him in the way he went about it but does he have no right of reply? Is suing for defamation his only option? CA are quick to ping a player for bringing the game into disrepute, what of a lazy News outlet? Has not the image of the game in Australia been damaged by the imputation in the original story? Warner is a marketing image for CA shouldn't they be complaining if an asset is dinged? Yeah, yeah I know.

Not a fan of either Journo's efforts as I find their analysis pedestrian and, in the case of Craddock, just plain poor writing. Sports people are well paid certainly but are easy marks for lazy journos. Conn saw a chance for a cheap headline and took it.

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