You be the judge, the jury, the defense lawyer or the executioner in interpreting the simultaneous appearance today of these two pieces in different media outlets serving the Cincinnati market.
First up, some dude who fashions himself as the Doc pontificating in the local Gannettoid fishwrap:
And, lo and behold, if you turn to the cyber "This Is Reds Country," the official site of the Cincinnati Reds, you'll find the exact same meme being planted in the context of a purportedly newsy baseball feature:
My questions to you, Redszoners wherever you might hang your hats around the world:
* If we're seeing a concerted campaign here, does it bother you in the slightest? Are you swayed? When you read an article, whether in print or electronic platforms, are you inclined to trust its veracity or question the source and demand more transparency?
* Secondarily, what's your take on Cincinnati's local media outlets? Independent or house organs? Profound or superficial? Hard-working or lazy, journalistic pack rats?
This isn't the thread to weigh in pro or con on the Votto-Alonso debate, but rather a thread allowing you a chance to discuss the caliber of the Reds' press coverage. We all know we could do a better job than Dusty and Walt, but do you feel the same way about the scribes assigned to the Reds beat? How would you approach the franchise any differently than they do? Could you handle the rigors of a daily deadline? How would you cultivate respect and sources without burning bridges or letting someone pull your chain like a trained organ-grinder monkey?
Be as blunt and brutal, or as obscure and obsequious, as you'd like. Points go for those who are funny and original, whichever tack you prefer to take.