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Just Manny Being Manny, Man

Besides being a valuable resource for Sox fans, Bruce Allen's Boston Sports Media Watch does a good job of critiquing the periodic overblown, media-driven Manny Ramirez controversies. Yesterday was no exception:

The power of the press to slant opinion was evident this morning, as Manny Ramirez reported to camp. The accounts on blogs such as the Globe's Extra Bases, described things as "terse" and that Manny spoke "sharply" to Jackie MacMullan. This led Dale Arnold on WEEI to extrapolate that into his own interpretation of how Manny "snapped" at MacMullan, and then to speculate as to why Manny was so angry and that this could only mean bad things, and how he is sick of the whole Manny experience.

This led to a lengthy discussion on the the topic, all based on the wording of writers. How do we know how Manny actually sounded when he spoke to MacMullan? The ones writing those words have the power to shape not only public opinion, but also sports radio discussions as well.

To further illustrate this point, note the AP version of the encounter with MacMullan as noted on CNNSI.com:

"Please move," he told a reporter politely. "I need some space."

So did Manny "sharply" ask MacMullan to move, "snapping" at her, or did he ask her "politely?"

Which is the better (and easier) story for the media? For Manny to have "snapped" at her, of course.

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