Let me get it straight: I'm happy for Petaluma and its celebrated little-league heroes. It's a great story--what's not to like?
I made a point on Monday, (or at least tried to), that I found a whole lot of insincere gushiness among some of the local media for their less-than-sincere cheerleading. I wasn't suggesting anything sinister nor pooh-poohing the fact that these kids didn't deserve all the chest-thumping and fame--quite the contrary.
I was ripping into the mass state of "Let's go team!" disingenuous behavior, via Twitter and Facebook, by reporters and a few anchors who reeked of taking advantage of a local feel-good story for their own benefit. Most of it intentional, some of it, not the case. It's a case of false enthusiasm and the viewers can see right through it. And for that, I get called a grouch? Then so be it.
Wayne Freedman of KGO-TV chimed in to suggest I was picking on him, in particular. Wrong Wayne, if you had actually read the post and not acted so sensitive, you'd have understood my gripe. I wasn't alluding to one account in particular. And I didn't even see your report.
Petaluma and its world-famous little league team deserves all the attention. There's no bitching about that here. The bandwagon media crowd that used these kids moment in the spotlight? There's my gripe and I stand by what I said. It's fake. It's not genuine. Too many newbies, especially the one's wearing Petaluma caps in particular, please give me a break. Like I said, phony, phony, phony. And Phoniness.
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