Rohan Connolly

‘I’m surprised anyone’s surprised to be honest’ – Rohan Connolly

No, Rohan. No part of that sentence is correct.

Nobody is surprised.

James Hird not returning to a match day role in 2014 has been Essendon’s and Hird’s publicly stated position for some time. You even posted a 6 month old video stating the exact outcome details minutes before you voiced the above statement on live radio.

Further research reveals the same sentiments expressed months earlier, again with video evidence.

Everyone, including every public commentator who opined the opposite, knew the facts.

It may well be that Mark Robinson’s article suggesting Hird is disappointed is true, and it is certainly true that the Essendon board has displayed weakness in the face of media pressure, a point confirmed by Mark Thompson comments on AFL360, but that is a separate issue.

This was always the intended outcome.

You are not surprised either, not by the outcome, and not by the response of the industry. It was exactly as suspected.

Clearly you are not being honest, either. You are not surprised, you are disappointed and ashamed by the repeated poor behaviour of your stable mates, and wider industry colleagues, and you should have the fortitude to express it. Loudly, forcefully and repeatedly, until standards improve.

Following Mark Robinson’s response to criticism, you tweeted that reporters fighting is damaging to the field’s credibility. I would contend the exact opposite.

It is a necessary tool to ensure accountability. When errors, especially well informed agenda-driven ‘errors’, are propagated unchecked that is what damages the industry. The personal is uncalled for, but rebuking nonsense is an imperative.

There have been surveys recently where the public have ranked journalists below insurance and used car salesmen in terms of credibility and trustworthiness.

Another suggests those who read newspapers are actually less informed than those who don’t.

This is a disgrace given the importance of journalism to society.

Internal bickering is not the cause of this distrust, it is the standard of journalism. Most prominently, sensationalism and adopting partisan positions contrary to the facts. Both prominent in the example above.

You know the majority of your colleagues have acted unprofessionally and that such behaviour is a stain on your profession. You know it, and you should act.

As one of the few that doesn’t indulge in explosive rhetoric and shameless personal attacks you are uniquely positioned to make a stand, especially on an issue where you have concrete video evidence to mount a clear dispassionate case that exposes the wilful misdeeds of those incapable of objective journalism.

I know what to expect from most of the media. I expect more from you. Your audience expects more.

‘Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.’ – John Stuart Mill



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  1. #1 by KB on July 31, 2014 - 11:29 pm

    In the Deadwood that is AFL-related journalism in Australia, Robbo wants to be seen to be wearing the white hat. It is very muddied headwear, Robbo, very muddied.


  2. #2 by Helen on August 3, 2014 - 1:26 pm

    it is about time that journalists who still respect their profession spoke out and denounced the charlatans who have brought them all into disrepute


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