It has been repeated since the days of “No Cheering in the Press Box” – sports reporters are not to stoop to the fans level and actually root for the team that they cover. Instead, they must remain above the fray, objective, rooting for the story.
Michael Silverman repeated this belief in his Herald Sunday baseball notes column:
In discussing how the Red Sox clubhouse is not as interesting without Curt Schilling, Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez, Sliverman says:
If they are doing their job properly, the press corps always root for the best story, not the particular franchise or players they chronicle.
Do you believe this to be true? Or is a winning team the best story, in which case the causes of the reporter and the fan would be the same and it would be acceptable for the reporters to root for victory for the franchise they cover?
What are your thoughts on Silverman’s statement? Is the press only doing its job properly if they are rooting for the best story? Is it entirely inappropriate for a member of the press to also be a fan of the team that he is covering?