Originally Posted by Yachtzee
Weren't baseball writers the ones who brought the whole steroid issue to light? Had it not been for journalists bringing our attention to the issue and putting pressure on MLB to deal with the issue, we might still have widespread PED use in baseball with no repercussions. Sure there were some writers who pumped up these guys and continued to marvel at them even after suspicion of PED use came to light. I seem to remember some of the earliest concerns were raised when sports writers noticed androstenedione in Mark McGwire's locker the year he was chasing Maris' record. And of course writers heavily reported the Balco investigation that brought Bonds' use to the attention of the general public. To say that writers as a whole ignored evidence of steroid use is unfair. I suspect the writers who didn't care about steroid use are the ones who actually voted for Bonds, Clemens, et. al. The union and the owners, who have clear leadership groups that dragged their feet on the issue can have joint blame placed on them. But sports writers have no such leadership and can't be taken to task as a whole because some felt steroid use was not important even while their colleages were putting more evidence out there and voicing their concerns about PED use in the game.
Yeah that raises an interesting point.
Are we to believe that the entire baseball media world knew that players were sticking themselves with needles left and right, yet not one big story came out of it (until years later, of course).
I was younger at the time but was naive enough to think that the 90's brought on an enlightened generation of ballplayers in terms of bodybuilding and nutrition. Sure, roids were a possibility, but I drank the koolaid and was fooled. I think many in the media were too.
What I'm saying is I'm not totally on board with the "The media are hypocrites" bandwagon. Not a fan of the media, but I don't think most members would have allowed this to go on had they known the full story.