Someone finally clarifies a few basic bone-simple points: The Deflategate stampede has demonstrated how easy it is to get a whole nation to recite a deeply flawed script.
By how much were the Patriots’ footballs under-inflated last week? The NFL hasn’t yet stated its findings!
But so what? The entire nation is reciting a set of claims derived from a murkily-phrased account in a leak from an anonymous source.
Such claims routinely turn out to be wrong. But so what? As of now, the entire nation is reciting a bunch of unconfirmed claims.
Today, at Business Insider, Tony Manfred has finally started to articulate some basic possibilities about this embarrassing matter. He links to NBC’s Mike Florio, who posted this account on Sunday:
FLORIO (1/25/15): [W]hat has the NFL really found? As one league source has explained it to Pro Football Talk, the football intercepted by Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson was roughly two pounds under the 12.5 PSI minimum. The other 10 balls that reportedly were two pounds under may have been, as the source explained it, closer to one pound below 12.5 PSI.Florio is also citing a leak from an anonymous source. But uh-oh! According to his anonymous source, the air pressure figures everyone has been using are wrong.
The NFL has yet to share specific information regarding the PSI measurements of the balls that were confiscated and measured at halftime. Which has allowed the perception of cheating to linger...
If Florio’s source is closer to right, this whole scandal starts to melt down, as you can see in Manfred’s report. That said, no one will have any idea what is actually happening until the NFL makes a report of its basic allegations and findings.
Until that happens, we’re all dealing in rumor and script. But we are a very dull-witted nation, especially among our “journalistic” elites.
In the past week, those elites have badly embarrassed themselves. But then, what else is new?
You must consider this: The ongoing work at ESPN has been especially heinous.
But then, what other news org employs so many “journalists” who had to leave their previous jobs after taking too many blows to the head?
People, we’re just saying! It’s a real journalistic concern!