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Welcome To Non-Story Land

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This is Michael Vick. Watch him take a complete non-story and turn it into a story. He missed a flight! He ate an apple! He reads the paper!

So let me get this straight. The guy misses a flight to an awards breakfast at Congress and here comes the fuss, yet nobody seems to point out that he was up for an award because he did work for a children's program. (Oh yeah, and he was supposed to be lobbying. That's a little more significant, and I should've included it.) No, it was Bad Vick missing his goddamn plane, because that's the better story. At least the AJC bothered to attempt a little journalistic balance.

Look, I'm all in favor of writing stories about an athlete who does wrong. Vick has already had his share of cannon fodder with flippin' los birdos and the water bottle incident. But this is a complete non-story, and it's annoying to be defending Vick for something that has nothing to do with basic human decency or his performance on the field. When he throws three picks in a game, yeah, I'll rip him to shreds. But when he misses a plane taking him to a place where he's being honored for good work he's already done...I don't really give a rat's ass. I only care about the media's immediate circling of the wagons, and I expect this won't be the last time we see it for Vick.