Media Mashup: December 29, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-12-29 at 5.00.56 AMAl Jazeera: Open The Checkbook

The Al Jazeera report about Peyton Manning and others using banned PEDs is one of the shoddiest pieces of journalism I’ve seen in recent years.

One of the film’s key sources recanted the statements he made. Al Jazeera said it contacted the source in early December to put all the allegations to him “and we didn’t hear anything from him until 48 hours ago,” an Al Jazeera reporter said. “Is he lying now? Was he lying during day upon day upon day of undercover filming? Because obviously the two don’t square,” the reporter said.

Alternatively, is Al Jazeera lying now? Was it lying during the day upon day upon day of undercover filming? Because obviously the two don’t square.

I spent a fair amount of time doing investigations. It’s pretty sad to see how far the craft has fallen.

It’s particularly troubling that Al Jazeera knew before the broadcast that the source had gone south. Qatar, the owner of the network, had best be pulling out the checkbook to pay these big-name sports stars for defamation.

NFL: A Serious Grinch

As an NFL player Eric Weddle‘s got important business to deal with at halftime. As a dad he had more important business last week, staying on the field at halftime to watch his daughter perform as part of a halftime dance ceremony.

The Chargers inexplicably fined him $10,000 for his decision.

According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Weddle was “stunned” and “furious” when he found out his own team dinged him for watching his own daughter perform at the team’s stadium.

The Eagles: Failed Liftoff

In my hometown, the Eagles and the rest of the sports franchises have become awful. As a Philadelphia Inquirer columnist put it: “Chip Kelly apparently does not buy into the Bill Parcells motto that “you are what your record says you are.” If he did, he would have admitted Monday that he is the coach and the final decision maker for a bad 6-9 football team.”

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to










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