This is the first one they ran, the quasi-propoganda piece by Vardon - https://theathletic.co.uk/1274341/2019/10/07/daryl-morey-joseph-tsai-the-nba-and-china-why-the-repercussions-of-a-tweet-are-about-more-than-money/ Now they have two more articles up about China, both with no comments allowed at all. Pathetic. https://theathletic.co.uk/1275274/2019/10/07/timeline-what-we-know-about-the-rockets-controversy-in-china/ https://theathletic.co.uk/1275004/2019/10/08/how-much-does-the-nba-stand-to-lose-in-china-over-a-tweet/
Rip the athletic, obviously heavily reliant on some Chinese investor
No one cares, but i’m going to cancel my subscription when I get home (currently on mobile).
I care, the only thing we can do really is stop giving money to these propaganda mouthpieces In a way Im more disappointed in a journalistic entity pushing crc approved bullshit. I went to j school and I know all those writers understand the intended pur
Why even write something if youre not open for discussion?
Cancelled my subscription
The athletic already lost credibility when kawakami put out that article pressuring kd to play
They also quoted a Chinese propaganda mill and no Hong Kongers. Vardons article quotes Sourabh Gupta a senior fellow at the Institute for China-America Studies at length. However, it fails to contextualize who pays him: https://foreignpolicy.com/2016/07/
China has made the world self censor itself. This is the world we live in.
How can you call yourself a journalist if you dont present both sides of an argument? Atrocious
This isnt abnormal for any sites. SB Nation does this often with controversial articles, or locks them because you have to moderate them.
It’s pretty cowardly if you ask me. They can’t deal with controversy in any form so they have to shut it down completely?
Its not a China issue is the thing. Like articles about Antonio Brown get this treatment because its a storm of people slinging poo at each other. Like how some people complain reddit isnt well moderated? Theyre basically starting a conversation they k
Sure it isn’t a first, but this shit is fishy and it doesn’t help that Vardon essentially put out a propaganda piece in favor of China. The Athletic was deleting pro-HK comments before locking the Vardon article comment section and has also locked the
But its not censorship, its not having to moderate a really bad comments section. Its not censorship if a site closes comments on something on say, Antonio Browns court case, or Kobes rape trial. Same thing applies here (note: I very much didnt like Var
Makes sense right? You don’t want toxic discussions going on in your comment section
Imagine they posted an article about the Ferguson protests saying "it is disappointing that people can protest our right to bear arms, this is an unlawful group of people who should abide by the 2nd amendment" without mentioning anything about the shootin
Yes, people seem to think that theres some sort of really mind opening discovery going on in comments sections.