Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Do You Make the Jackass Famous? Part II.

WHEN JACKASSES RUN onto the field at Phillies games, the Phillies broadcasters refuse to show the ensuing drama as it might glorify the actions of the idiot. And running onto the field is illegal (and stupid ... we're in a playoff run, jackass).

Apparently, the Atlanta station has no issues showing the interloper. That's their video above. That means the footage exists and media outlets, including Philadelphia broadcast news shows, can access the footage. Should they run it?

Should newspapers run images and/ or the name of the running fool? Is this actually a story? Or is the media just encouraging future dumbasses to go for it?

37 comments:

Deanna Pizzi said...

Personally, I do not think this type of footage should be shown. First off, all it does is continue these actions in the future. By looking at this bad example more people will think that it is "fun" or "cool" to run on the field during a sports event. Secondly, it is not even news! This incident really does not affect people's lives. It has no significance other than someone's decision to behave immaturley. The only reason viewers are interested in this type of story is for the need to be entertained. I believe that running a story like this is offensive to stories that are actually news.

Erin Magarity said...

I agree with Deanna, this is not news. This is just footage of someone acting like an idiot. Why not just put videos of people on youtube, or videotape a bunch of teenagers hanging out. It's all immature and idiotic and doesn't pose as anything that would affect my life. So no, they shouldn't post videos or information of these idiots, because that is exactly what they want. The more we continue to give these people what they want the more these childish "stunts" will be performed.

Monica Miller said...

I was watching the game last night and was annoyed that some "fan" would run onto the field, disrupting an important game one of a crucial series. If Cole was on the mound and then promptly gave up a hit after the disruption just as the Braves' pitcher had done, the game could have ended a different way. He should not be given fame for what he did, because that's what he had wanted. That being said, Matt Diaz made a great play by tripping him. I applauded it.

Stop running on the field, unless there is tasing involved.

Alexis Wright-Whitley said...

I don't think that it is at all necessary for this to be run anywhere. If people want to put it on places like YouTube, fine, but when it comes to resources where people actually go to for news, it just doesn't seem appropriate. No one cares about this dumb guy, and he would just encourage others to do the same exact thing. I applauded as Monica did once this guy was tripped.

Tracy L. Kirkendall said...

Sorry, but I have to disagree with those of you who say this kid running on the field isn't news. It's unusual. This sort of things just doesn't happen everyday and it provides the news outlets with something crazy to report on to break up the monotony of everyday news. Sure we think it's a bad idea to run it, but media outlets have every right ot run this. Atlanta stations want to make Phillies fans look bad. So what..this kid got his five minutes. Big deal. What about that guy who always used to run around naked at all the major sporting events. We broadcasted him loud and clear. I think people, particularly those in Philly, have a problem with running this because it's our team. Guess what??? This dude just gave all us Phillies fans something to unite over and ridicule him together.

jeanette vega said...

I don't think it is worth running the this tape on television for the exact reason that they gave. It will only glorify the jackass and probably create more jackasses just like him. I do think it is a good idea to put in the news paper though but only because of how this guy is dressed. It is definitely entertaining and interesting but still lacks real news value. Although I don't believe this is too news worthy, I would probably get a kick out of it if I saw it on you tube. This would definitely be you tube worthy. I have no idea what goes threw these guys heads when they try and pull this over played stunt.

Elizabeth Van Son said...

I think that this should not be run because people running on the field's of games is nothing unusual anymore. It's happened at multiple venues and times so why should we continue to let them be publicized? It's interesting that Atlanta ran the story rather than just letting it go. I feel as though it had no relevance to their state so why put it in the open? I think the media is just encouraging people like this to continue. They all want their 15 minutes of fame so the fact that the news is broadcasting them is just telling people, "okay let's see some more!"

Jonathan Ristaino said...

It's entertaining... Who really cares...the more we talk about it the more attention it gets.

Cait said...

Personally, I believe this footage truly is not news. This does not have a large affect on people and really has no significance at all. However, I do see why this footage was streamed on the news. The news is a business and they want to capture people's attention and entertain them as well as inform them. This certainly captures many people's attention which makes the news station attain more viewers.

Dana Dever said...

I don't think this is news. However, some stations would probably consider running it anyways just to bring in more viewers. If they do, they should mention the fact that it's illegal & the consequences that occur after a person pulls a stunt like this to try and discourage idiots that think they should try it at a game.

Ruth K said...

It could go either way. This clip really annoyed me... I wanted to beat that guy up, and I'm not even into the Phillies. What an idiot. I don't think he deserves attention. He WANTS people to notice him. I also think he should have a big, ban punishment, but I guess that's for someone other than journalists to decide. Maybe if they showed enough of this stuff on the news, Phillies fans would press for greater consequences for those who did this. Who knows.

Ruth K said...

I hope he is banned from the ballpark for good, at least until he grows up.

Anthony Bellino said...

I personally believe that people should not be shown running or streaking across a field at an athletic event. Although I do understand why many stations do broadcast this. People do enjoy seeing Matt Diaz trip the kid running across the field last night or the kid who got tasered early in the season. So when it boils down it from a viewership standpoint I can understand why it is broadcasted, but from an ethical stand point I don't think these people should be given the time of day from anybody but the police.

Sean Carlin said...

It's news and people are interested in it. Isn't it the journalists' job to cover it?

John Corrigan said...

I'm actually glad the news is showing what happened because the actual Phillies broadcast did not. I was watching the game without the sound so I had no idea what was happening. Fans interrupting sports games will not cease if news stations stop featuring them. Alcohol and a craving for attention will still fuel their decision to gain some 15 minutes of fame. Last night on CBS 3's 11pm Eyewitness News, this was actually their second story following Vick being announced the starter. Just like Prof Miller says, sports is TOP news. Fun fact: my friend Arielle Knapp is friends with the infamous "Red Man" and actually hooked up with him. She goes to Temple so make sure you congratulate her.

Caitlyn Warakomski said...

Personally, I believe this footage truly is not news. This does not have a large affect on people and really has no significance at all. However, I do see why this footage was streamed on the news. The news is a business and they want to capture people's attention and entertain them as well as inform them. This certainly captures many people's attention which makes the news station attain more viewers.

Amber Curtis said...

If anyone was watching E! today, this story was on about this guy. He walked out of jail in this red suit on still. Sure what he did might have been dumb (yet entertaining), but it's funny to hear about. It should never be a top story, but if it was showed on the game, it would have been fine. Watch ESPN's top 10 and not 10 and they show similar acts of stupidity. The number one a few months ago was of a girl refuses to kiss a guy on the "Kiss" screen at an NBA game. That has nothing to do with sports, yet it was on the Top 10. So shouldn't this be on as well? I mean the guy wasn't naked or anything. Another point is that everyone watches shows (such as the Buried Life) that do acts like this one. One of the Buried Life's future episodes is a guy streaking at a game because he always wanted to do that and he does. If we can watch it on MTV and on ESPN, then I'm sure we can see it at the Phillies game.

Dan Wasson said...

I don't mind this being shown because personally I find it pretty funny that Matt Diaz got involved which could make it more newsworthy. But I don't think it is as big of a deal in Philadelphia because it is not the first time something like this has happened so we are somewhat used to it.

Matthew Albasi said...

Does it have journalistic integrity? Not really, but neither does half of the other crap in the television/internet/papers/magazines. It's got a niche market and it's something people like to see; as demonstrated by the 1.7 million people who watched that guy get tazed on youtube.

By the way, 1.7 million people is more people than the combined circulation of The San Fransisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, the New York Daily News, and The New York Post...combined!

So, is it news? Kinda. It sells. And right now that seems to be the only criteria.

Eleana Wehr said...

Its really not that news worthy but theres a lot of things that are run in newspapers, television, magazines, etc. that aren't really news worthy. This gets the attention of viewers and sells better than other boring stories. I don't really have a problem with it running.

Julia Loehle said...

I think this story should be considered news. It is one person's perspective what's dumb and who is considered to be a "jackass." A lot of people would agree that Kanye West is a jack ass, so does that mean MTV has the right to not show us footage of him performing? No. I think the same rule should apply here.

Charlotte Jacobson said...

If people are interested and watching this, and talking about it- then wouldn't it be considered news? This guy, stupid and immature, is causing commotion all over and people may not be saying good things about him, but it got them talking. News stimulates people to react and create their own opinions off events and facts. This sounds like people creating their own reaction. Now, I don't think it's worth being put second on the list of news for the night, but maybe as a "one final thing before we go" kind of story, to lighten the mood of any grim news.

Love Hewitt said...

This is absolutely news.

I mean sure, it isn't intellectually stimulating news but it is definitely news. In a political sense I think it could be news. I mean was it really necessary to taser some jackass who is just running across the baseball field for kicks and giggles? I mean shouldn't they whip out the taser for some real crimes??? Who is that kid hurting by running across the field? In fact, I think that was the most entertaining part of the entire game.

GO JACKASSSES THAT RUN ACROSS THE FIELD!!


Second thought...
Philadelphia = hard core sports fans
So any "news" that involves sports it is going to be news.

You could say that Nelson Mandela is coming to a Phillies game and I think you would find a majority of Philadelphians would respond with "YEAHHHH GOOO PHILLIESSS!" Instead of being intrigued by the fact that an internationally admired figure is coming to their city.

I mean that example may be a little bit of a stretch, but you get my point.

Haley Kmetz said...

The only thing that is newsworthy about this story is that it is unusual, but that is not even entirely correct. The first time this type of stunt happened, I would have considered it newsworthy, but it seems like every week there is another drunk fan who thinks it would be funny to interrupt the game and get on TV. This happens too often to be considered unusual and is, therefore, not newsworthy. Journalists should not continue to give the crazy fan any more attention than he received at the game.

Anonymous said...

I do not think this is newsworthy material whatsoever. It is a waste of time to bother showing. Not just that but if the broadcasters in Philly didn't run it, why would anyone else need to or want to for that matter. By running this kind of news we are in fact encouraging jackasses around America to step up and try and out do the first jackass, which is highly unnecessary. Not only that but it is not news. At the very least it is worthy of youtube, and that's about it I would say.
Morgyn Seigfried
Tues thurs 930

Kelly Offner said...

Definitely don't run the footage.
People will hear about it through YouTube, word of mouth, and entertainment media, guaranteed.
C'mon Philadelphia news writers and reporters, you've got to be hurting for content if this is the story you decide to devote your time to. Unless you're writing the story from a novel angle, like reflecting on the psychology of kids who rush the field for attention, most people won't give your story the time of day.

Alison Curran said...

stuff like this happens all the time. its not news. news is stuff information that is reported that people didn't already know or know that much about.

we are just giving the people what they want, which is fame. they runout onto the field dressed ridiculous because they want attention and they want to say that they made it onto the tv. we should acknowledge when it happened at the game but shouldn't run it as part of the segment when the game in on tv.

atlanta probably didn't have any problem showing the clip cause it would distract views from the fact that they are losing and are so many games behind the phillies now. philadelphia has class!!

Nicole Riley said...

I think they should not give the people any credit. It is one thing if they show the incident on tv... it's another thing if they go after the kid for an interview and get his name and stuff. I saw this on tv and since they didn't show it, my curiosity peaked and, therefore, I googled it. To satisfy the viewers (especially when the person gets tripped by a player because that's pretty funny) they should just keep the camera running, but after it happens that's it. they should just stop talking about it.

Jonathan said...

As stupid as the kid was for doing it (seriously, where are you going to run TO after you get on the field), the incident DOES meet a good number of the newsworthiness criteria, unusualness probably tops among them). I think Channel 6 did a good job with it - it was in the sports segment (i.e. not a lead story), and they got quotes from the kid's parents about how deep in trouble he was about to be in. The interview with the outfielder that tripped him was funny as hell too.

As for this influencing people, what sane person would look at the two people that ran out on the field and go "Hmmm, that looks like fun! I can get tasered too!" Our gene pool needs some chlorine, but until that happens we will always have idiots.

Janita Styles said...

I used to work for the Phillies organization and when things like this happened we tried to quietly shut it down. This kid got what he wanted...his 25 seconds of fame extended. I don't see (or hear about) this happening at other ballparks as much as it does at CBP. Running the footage is going to continue the "monkey see, monkey do" mentality and just wait for someone to try and outdo this one.


Janita Styles

Cassandra D'Amelio said...

Running the footage in Philadelphia would encourage future antics. For the athletes, these games are their lives. They train long and hard for these games which determine their future in the sport. Aside from the athletes and coaches, the audience who payed good money to watch the game are being cheated when a drunk attention seeker runs across the field and potentially ruins a play.
As if being close to the professional athletes, having thousands of eyes in the stadium watching in disbelief, and having everyone talking about their antics after the fact wasn't appealing enough for these attention-seekers, running the footage on TV will enhance the positive outcomes for them. Overall, Philadelphia should not run the footage. It is a trick long overplayed and is annoying to the true sports fans. Airing the situation on TV, I predict, will increase the likelihood of another person in the same frame of mind to commit a copy-cat crime.

Shannon said...

I think the kid is a jackass. This footage is totally fine to be aired. It is just a punk kid from an all boy school, probably drunk, trying to get some attention and high fives from his buddies for being a rebel. Why would you interfere when the Phils are doing so well? It's just dumb. Good for Diaz.

Jonathan Ristaino said...

How can you people not find this slightly entertaining... I mean watching people dive at him is great.

Cindy Rau said...

I also do not think the story is news. I would put it under the category of small-talk or gossip. But if you look at it from the opposite end, you could argue that it is new. It could be argued that it is spot news or a feature. It is not however a story worthy of deep investigation or follow up. No one is going to care about some lame dude who decided to get his 2 min. or "fame" and pulled a retarded stunt in the middle of a game for the hottest team in baseball right now. Things like this happen all too often. It's not THAT original

Anonymous said...

I don't think the media should run the image and especially not the idiots name. By running his name you are giving him what he wants, which is attention.

Nicole Patouhas said...

I agree with those who feel that the media should never reveal the identity of any idiot willing to behave foolishly to gain attention. We now live in a society where individuals are becoming famous for simply being morons. If we don't step in and put a stop to this, it is only going to lead to more fools being disruptive to get their moment of fame. So, to the media, run the story, keep the idiots identity secret.

Lauren Haber said...

I personally could care less if the media outlets run images of the runner or not. In the end, some people would find the coverage of the "running fool" as hilarious, and others as totally stupid and useless. Both opinions would be present in Philadelphia, and am sure present right now in Atlanta. I think the images/footage of the running guy are definitely enough data to be considered collectively as a story, but not a big enough story to have on the front page of a newspaper or website.